Before he became Patti Smith’s lead guitarist, Lenny Kaye compiled the 2 album set, Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era. Released in 1972, the two-LP set covered American garage rock and psychedelia from the years 1965-1968 and was a major influence on punk rock. Rhino Records reissued an expanded version of the set in 1998, with 118 tracks in total. I’m profiling and rating each of these 118 tracks, working backwards.
Track 50/118: Who Do You Love by The Woolies
Release Date: 1966
From: East Lansing, Michigan
Aphoristic Rating: 7/10
WHO DO YOU LOVE – The Woolies [1:56]
Personnel/STORMY RICE: vocals * BOB BALDORI: guitar, vocals * JEFF BALDORI: bass, vocals * RON ENGLISH: drums
Produced by JILL GIBSON & DON ALTFIELD for SUNSHINE PRODUCTIONS
Recorded in Los Angeles, CA
Dunhill single #45-D-4052 (10/66); Pop #95
The Woolies came from suburban Detroit, but formed in the University town of East Lansing, Michigan. They were able to find gigs playing clubs and frat parties. ‘Who Do You Love’ was their first single, and it was a local hit, although only barely cracked the Billboard 100. They were never able to capitalise on this success. They backed Chuck Berry and made one album, before breaking up in 1975.
Written by Bo Diddley and first recorded in 1956, ‘Who Do You Love’ is a durable song. It’s been covered frequently by artists like Townes Van Zandt, George Thorogood, and the Hoodoo Gurus. There’s also an iconic cover from Ronnie Hawkins in 1963, with Robbie Robertson playing wild lead guitar for the era. The Woolies version is less iconic than some others, but it’s solidly enjoyable with a charismatic lead vocals from Stormy Rice.
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