Thursday, August 5, 2010

I know it was a 44....[re-post/re-up]

[As requested, by Kerry]

It seems stupid to introduce Oliver Morgan with any other single than this one, even though most folks have probably already heard it.

'La La' was Prince La La [Lawerence Nelson], a friend of Morgan's who died too young....very likely of a drug overdose.

What's fascinating about the song is that Morgan took what was really just a very sad story and elevated it to a mythic level. La La suddenly becomes a legend along the same lines as Stagger Lee. In short, Morgan hits on something very old with this song.

Now, I know several folks are listed as co-writers of the song, including Eddie Bo, but Morgan always insisted that he wrote it....and I, for one, believe him. Perhaps Bo added a little something, but as far as I recall the other two 'co-writers' were DJ's. A common enough situation in the days of payola.


  1. Anyone else having trouble with this file? Mediafire tells me the downloads are going through, but I'm not getting anything.

    I've re-uploaded it a couple of times to no effect.

  2. I got it & played it fine, ana!

  3. Thanks...must have been some weirdness on this end...

  4. One of the greatest songs in the history of recorded sound, and i have you to thank for hipping me to it when you posted it the first time around.
    Thank you. Thank you very much.

  5. You're a man after my own heart, Jeff.