Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)

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Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues) is a song by Allen Toussaint that has been covered by Frankie Miller, B.J. Thomas and Three Dog Night, among others.


The song was first popularized in 1974, following its initial 1973 inclusion on an album by disco-funk artist Sylvester,[1] when it was recorded and released by five artists in one year: Frankie Miller,[2] B.J. Thomas,[3] Three Dog Night,[4] James Montgomery[5] and Maria Muldaur.[6][7][8] Both Frankie Miller and Three Dog Night released the song as a single, while the balance of the recorded versions were included in albums. The more popular single version in that year was the version by Three Dog Night, which was in the Top Forty.[9]

Later versions of the song were recorded by Levon Helm (1978),[10] Herman Brood (1980)[11] and Toots Thielemans (1993),[12] among others.[7] Toussaint's own version of his song originally appeared on a compilation called "Live at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 1976," featuring sets by many of his Crescent City contemporaries.[13] A later version is found on Hot as a Pistol, Keen as a Blade (Hip-O, 2006), a DVD recording of Toussaint's 2006 performance at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, performing with Elvis Costello.[14]


  1. ^ On his album Bazaar (Blue Thumb, 1973); see Song particulars of Bazaar, Sylvester and The Hot Band;
  2. ^ On High Life
  3. ^ On Longhorns & Londonbridges
  4. ^ On Hard Labor
  5. ^ On High Roller
  6. ^ On Waitress In A Donut Shop
  7. ^ a b Recording history of "Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)"[dead link];
  8. ^ Another version of the song was recorded in 1974 by Little Feat, during the course of the Feats Don't Fail Me Now recording sessions. This version was not released until 2000, when it was included in the retrospective compilation, Hotcakes & Outtakes: 30 Years of Little Feat(Rhino). See Song particulars of Hotcakes & Outtakes: 30 Years of Little Feat;
  9. ^ On the Hard Labor page, its peak chart position is listed, without references, as No. 33. However, its top position, during eleven weeks on the charts, is listed as No. 8 on Professor Jam's 1974 Top 100 CPS Music Chart;
  10. ^ On Levon Helm; see Song credits for Levon Helm (album);
  11. ^ On Wait a Minute... (Sony/BMG)
  12. ^ On Bluesiana Hot Sauce (Shanachie), a benefit album for the homeless, with contributions from Thielemans, Michael Brecker and Ray Anderson, among others. See Ron Wynn, Review of Bluesiana Hot Sauce;
  13. ^
  14. ^ Song particulars of Hot as a Pistol, Keen as a Blade; Toussaint and Costello were touring in support of their joint album release, The River in Reverse.