September 19, 2009

Today's Tune: "I Hear You Knocking" By Dave Edmunds

Sometimes life is hard for communists, whether you are the free spirit and let's share everything kind, or if you're the single party and completely unsympathetic governmental dictatorship kind. People that aren't into Communism hate you and don't want you around. They're afraid that the seeds or spores of your beliefs and ways will somehow leap out of your brain and spread amongst the innocent and the pure, like some deadly and contagious disease.

I'm sure glad I'm not a communist, but apparently English comedic actor and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin (April 16, 1889 - December 25, 1977) was, and former First Secretary (1953 - 1964) of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union - Nikita Khrushchev (April 15, 1894 - September 11, 1971) definitely was. This led to both of them having a little trouble at the border during the 1950s.

On September 19, 1952, Chaplin wasn't allowed back into the United States after a brief visit to England. He had made some controversial political statements from time to time, and his airing out of feelings didn't exactly put him in a favorable light.

Khrushchev, had spent several years working with and advising the murderous leader Joseph Stalin, before pushing for reform later on. The damage, and summary executions, had already been done. On September 19, 1959, Khrushchev was not allowed to go to Disneyland while visiting the US.

Hard to believe now I know, but all this rambling is leading up to something. That something is our 'Today's Tune'. In light of the happenings discussed above, I'm thinking an uptempo version of American musician Smiley Lewis' song "I Hear You Knocking" is in order. Welsh guitarist, singer and record producer Dave Edmunds (Love Sculpture, Rockpile) came up with an excellent arrangement, giving him his biggest hit ever, back in 1970. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Dave Edmunds - "I Hear You Knocking" London, Eng. April 17, 1990

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