Jackie Blue–better with my eyes closed
In 1975 when Jackie Blue came out, I was 10 years old. It seemed like a mystical and magical song that was somehow beyond my comprehension; there had to be some hidden, fantastic, meaning that I’d soon figure out. That year, Jackie Blue was everywhere–playing 2 times an hour on the radio and in constant rotation at the roller rink.
Every time that I hear the song, it sends me back to that time when all music seemed to be filled with mystery and wonder. I always knew that the band’s name was the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, but I didn’t know enough about the Ozarks, mountains, or daredevils to imagine what they looked like. I always pictured a pre-disco, really hot woman singing the song in a super cool 70s haze. In yet another way that the internet has taken the mystery out of everything, I discovered how far from reality my fantasy existed.
These are the guys driving my daydreams that year. Not sung by the woman of a 10-year-old boy’s dreams, but a classic song just the same.
Two bonuses today: a cover by AM & Shawn Lee followed by another cover by The Smashing Pumpkins.