' debut single, Baby Let Me Take You Home
, enters the UK pop singles chart at No39. The song is a rocked-up treatment of Baby, Let Me Follow You Down
, inspired by the version performed by Bob Dylan
on his eponymous debut album. However, Dylan had adapted the song from Baby Let Me Lay It On You
, which had been taught to him by Eric Von Schmidt
. In turn, Schmidt had learned it from another singer, Geno Foreman, who had learned it from a 1938 recording titled Mama, Let Me Lay It On You
by Blind Boy Fuller
. In later years, the Rev. Gary Davies
claimed that he was the original composer and this is now widely accepted as fact. This, however, ignores the existence of a 1936 recording of Mama Let Me Lay It On You
by Cincinnati bluesman Walter Coleman. Even further back, 1930, is the remarkably similar Can I Do It For You?
, by Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe McCoy
. An even more complete history of this truly inspirational song and its many variants can be found at the Community Guitar Resources
Chas Chandler (bassist, The Animals
] : We were forced into recording it, but we never ever performed it on stage. We just thought it was a very weak song and we never even liked our version of it.
In a way, it sort of brought about a sort of disillusionment about the music business when it got so high in the charts. I suppose it was hyped, right, left and centre to get it there.
(Source : Wild Animals by Andy Blackford, Sidgwick And Jackson, 1986)
: I don't care what other singers do to my songs