BENNY SPELLMAN is the bass voice hook in Ernie K Doe’s song, Mother-in-law. Ernie, who was having his own mother-in-law problems, found the song in Allan Toussaint’s trash and recorded it. The following year he backed up...
There are many kinds of ridicule, all cruel. Stutterers especially suffer as children. Country singer Mel Tillis succeeded in spite of it. So did Bill Withers & BB King. But only one stutterer emptied his heart out in a song. No one’s ever described it better than the lyrics in John Lee Hooker’s STUTTERER’S BLUES.
When I walk up the str-street, I tip my hat to speak.
I can’t even say a thing, And that’s when I begin to sing.
I’m a stu-stu-stutterin man and I can’t talk worth a damn
Sometime I wanna cry, sometimes I wanna die
So take heart stutterers. You’re in rarified company. Churchill, Demosthenes, King George, James Earl Jones, Marilyn Monroe, Moses, Maugham, even Bruce “Die Hard” Willis overcame the problem.