Song of the Week – Daddy Rollin’ Stone, Derek Martin

Ignored            Obscured             Restored

“Daddy Rollin Stone” is a soul rocker that was written and first recorded by Otis Blackwell in 1953.  You may recall that Blackwell wrote a number of rock standards, like this Elvis Presley trifecta — “All Shook Up”, “Don’t Be Cruel”, and “Return to Sender.”

“Daddy Rollin’ Stone” was covered by Derek Martin, an American soul shouter, in 1963.

It wasn’t a hit here in the US but it was very influential with the British Invasion groups.  John Lennon called it out as a favorite of his and The Who recorded it in 1965.  It was also later covered in the ‘70s by the New York Dolls in live performances.

Enjoy… until next week.

2 thoughts on “Song of the Week – Daddy Rollin’ Stone, Derek Martin

  1. Good record; my favorite by him is the gorgeous ballad “You Better Go” on Roulette from a couple of years earlier. Still, it’s great to see recognition of this under-known artist. Many thanks, and happy Easter and Passover.

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