“Brother Louie” Performed By Stories (1973), Hot Chocolate (1973) & The Undisputed Truth (1974)

January 5, 2012


In 1973 the band Stories, had a massive hit state side with “Brother Louie,” on Karma Sutra records.  This song was everywhere and I loved it. Check out this live performance above, featuring Ian Lloyd on lead vocal,   from the “Midnight Special” television concert series. I remember this well.

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#1 Pop, #22 R&B (1973)

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It wasn’t until I started preparing this post last week, that I discovered that Stories’ “Brother Louie” track was a cover of a song by the British Soul/Pop Band Hot Chocolate (pictured above).  “Stories” had released their hit cover about six months after Hot Chocolate’s original was released  and became a hit in the UK.

I knew of Hot Chocolate – but not until their 1976 smash hit “You Sexy Thing” (one of my Dad’s favorite pop songs BTW!). I made it a point to search out the Hot Chocolate original version of this song about interracial love — and it turned out to be even is more soulful and funky than the original!

The song was written by HC group members Errol Brown and Tony Wilson.

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And now for the reason for this post — this month’s theme for posts will be Motown Covers Pop!  As you probably know, Motown wrote most of their hits at their very own “Hit Factory” that were then published through Gordy’s Jobete. That made cover tunes something of a rarity.  But sometimes a song was so good that cover tunes were made and The Undisputed Truth’s 1974 cover version of “Brother Louie” is what this post is all about!  The song appeared on their LP “Down To Earth” that charted #16 R&B and #114 Pop.

 

“Brother Louie” By Errol Brown & Tony Wilson

She was black as the night
Louie was whiter than white
Danger, danger when you taste brown sugar
Louie fell in love overnight

Nothing bad, it was good
Louie had the best girl he could
When he took her home
To meet his mama and papa
Louie knew just where he stood

Louie Louie Louie, Louie
Louie Louie Lou-I
Louie Louie Louie
Louie Louie you’re gonna cry

[Instrumental Interlude]

There he stood in the night
Knowing what’s wrong from what’s right
He took her home to meet his mama and papa
Man, he had a terrible fright

Louie nearly caused a scene
Wishin’ it was a dream
Ain’t no diff’rence if you’re black or white
Brothers, you know what I mean

Louie Louie Louie, Louie
Louie Louie Lou-I
Louie Louie Louie
Louie Louie you’re gonna cry

[Instrumental Interlude]

Louie Louie Louie, Louie
Louie Louie Lou-I
Louie Louie Louie
Louie Louie you’re gonna cry

Louie Louie Louie, Louie
Louie Louie Louie Louie Lou-I
Louie Louie Louie
Louie Louie you’re gonna cry

Now that you have listened to all three — you know the drill . Let’s compare favorites!

 

 

Musically Yours,

 

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