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  posted on 3/12/2009 at 07:21 AM
Spurred on by rumors that Boz Scaggs might guest tonight, I listened to "Loan Me A Dime" on the Duane anthology for the first time in a long time. Boy, in the first two lines, Boz sounds a lot like Gregg! I wonder if they listened to a lot of the same stuff.

That one would be a treat to see the ABB play!!

 
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  posted on 3/12/2009 at 08:40 AM
http://www.last.fm/music/Boz+Scaggs/_/Loan+Me+a+Dime

 

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  posted on 3/12/2009 at 08:43 AM
Love this tune - Boz doing some of his finest work (and Duane ... :cool . Hoping for maybe hearing this tonight via Moogis if the rumors prove to be true.

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  posted on 3/12/2009 at 09:18 AM
This is an email I sent out to a number of people on my email list. A point of clarification: Twiggs Lyndon was my brother. A. J. and Skoots are my brothers who are still wiith us. All three if them have been on the road with ABB.

My brother A. J. says when he dies, dig a hole, throw his body in it, throw some dirt on top and play Loan Me a Dime.

Loan Me a Dime, the thirteen minute long blues number from Boz Scaggs' self-titled album released in 1969. One of the best, but often overlooked albums of the era.

Boz Scaggs had been playing with his high school buddy Steve Miller in the Steve Miller Band when he decided to embark on a solo career. Jan Wenner, the founder of Rolling Stone Magazine arranged for Boz to secure a contract with Atlantic Records and they headed to Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Alabama to record an album which Wenner was to produce. Muscle Shoals the home of the best rhythm section in the business, the Swampers; Jimmy Johnson guitar, Barry Beckett keyboards, David Hood bass (who's son Patterson Hood is the front-man for The Drive-By Truckers) and Roger Hawkins drums.

In 1969 Duane Allman had been working as a studio musician in Muscle Shoals when the Allman Brothers Band was formed. In the early days of the ABB Duane continued to pickup session work to earn money to help support the band and he sat in on Boz' session. The album doesn't have a bad cut on it but the show piece is Loan Me a Dime.

The tune begins with a few very sad mournful notes from Barry Becket's organ, the rest of the band then quietly joins in and the theme of the song is developed. Duane then plays a brief solo backed by the rhythm of Roger Hawkins drums. The solo only lasts 60 seconds but it is perfect. Understated and perfect. My brother-in law Tav Sparks always talks about what a tasteful guitar player Duane was and there is not a better example than this brief solo. Not a note too few or a note too many. Duane turns the song over to Boz, who sings the blues:

Somebody loan me a dime,
I need to call my old time, used to be.
Somebody loan me a dime,
Mmm, I need to call my old time, used to be.
Oooo, little girl's been gone so long,
You know it's worryin me.
Hey, it's worryin, worryin me.

I know she's a good girl,
But, at that time I just didn't understand.
I know she's a good girl,
But, at that time I just didn't understand.
Oh, you know I didn't.
Somebody loan me a dime,
You know I need, I need a helpin hand.
Somebody.
Duane comes in strong, and the song begins gaining momentum. Duane is in control. The Memphis Horns ( Gene 'Bowlegs' Miller trumpet and trombone, Joe Arnold tenor and Alto sax and James Mitchell baritone sax) begin playing a riff that will be repeated for the rest of the song and then the song is turned back over to Boz with Duane adding accents.

Yeah, she's a good girl,
But, at that time I just didn't understand.
Oooo, I know she's a good girl,
But, at that time I just could not understand.
Whoa, no.
Somebody better loan me that dime,
To ease my worried mind.
Whoo.

Now, I cried, just cried,
Just like a baby, all night long.
Ooo, you know I cried, just cried,
Just like a baby, all night long.
Whooo, somebody better loan me that dime,
I need my baby, I need my baby here at home.
Oooo, yeah.
And that's it for Boz. But for the next five minutes we get Duane, Duane and more Duane. Tempo is increased and we soon have a runaway train with Duane out front and the Memphis Horns and the rest of the band kicking him in the ass and driving him forward. What a run... and then fadeout.... with everyone still wide open.
At this point I think you have two options. One is to sit there and wait for the next tune or the second is what I usually do; catch my breath, walk over to the cd player, push a button or two and listen to Barry Becket's opening refrain of Loan Me a Dime and sit back and enjoy it again and again and again. I just can't get enough of this tune. Maybe it is because when this album was released we didn't have much Duane Allman to listen to. We had the ABB's first album and some studio work with Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin etc but that was it. No Idlewild South, no Fillmore East, no Eat a Peach, no Layla and Other Love Songs and no bootleg tapes. This was the only recording of Duane really stretching out and we all knew it was magnificent and absolutely loved it.

The ABB started touring in an Econoline van but soon traded up to a Winnebago, "the Winbag" as it was affectionately called. My brother A. J. was still in high school living at home when Twiggs and Red Dog (Joseph Campbell) one of the other roadies stopped by our parents home. A. J. had a large cardboard box of 8-track tapes and when Red Dog spied it he asked if they could borrow some tapes as they had just gotten the Winbag, with an 8-track system and they were heading out on tour. A. J never thought he would see the tapes again but was thrilled that the band would be listening to his music. When the tour ended Duane Allman and Twiggs dropped by the house to return the tapes. Duane explained that the tape player had eaten one of the A J's tapes by "The Band," and they had tried to find a copy but had had no luck. To make up for the loss, Duane gave A J an 8-track of Boz Scaggs' album that he had just played on! A J still has the tape.
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A number of years later my brother Skoots was on the road with Steve Morse and the Dixie Dregs and they were playing Boz Scaggs' club in San Francisco. Skoots had the guitars set up on the side of the stage but was concerned because the guitars were not far from the back door of the club. Even though there was an employee at the door someone could easily grab one on the guitars and be gone. Skoots roped off an area around the guitars and when he left briefly to get something he told the guy at the door not to let anyone in the roped off area. When Skoots returned there was a man standing next to the guitars and Skoots told him to get the hell away from there! The man immediately left. Skoots then confronted the guy at the door about not letting anyone in the roped off area. The follow replied, "I didn't know that applied to Mr. Scaggs!"

 

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  posted on 3/12/2009 at 11:09 AM
Thanks J for those thoughts & memories. Great tune!

 

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  posted on 3/12/2009 at 11:11 AM
Junior Mack does Loan Me a Dime a ton of justice too. He can really nail it...

 

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  posted on 3/12/2009 at 11:19 AM
Boz and Duane are spectacular on this tune. (as is Junior Mack!)

That said, I recommend all take a listen to Fenton Robinson's Loan Me A Dime. It is his baby and thankfully, he eventually got recognition for it.



 

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  posted on 3/12/2009 at 11:36 AM
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Junior Mack does Loan Me a Dime a ton of justice too. He can really nail it...



as did Jackie Greene w/ Phil & Friends

 

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  posted on 3/12/2009 at 11:40 AM
Yes, both great versions... I also think the ABB doing it in 2000 was pretty incredible. Gregg sang it beautifully, played nice piano. And Derek TORE up the solo...
 

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  posted on 3/12/2009 at 11:43 AM
Great story, jlyndon! Thanks so much for sharing that!

 

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  posted on 3/12/2009 at 11:47 AM
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Great story, jlyndon! Thanks so much for sharing that!


I agree - really enjoyed it.

 

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