Rich Woman

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"Rich Woman"
Single by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
from the album Raising Sand
Released October 23, 2007
Format CD single, Digital download
Recorded 2007
Genre R&B, folk rock
Length 4:05
Label Rounder
Writer(s) Dorothy LaBostrie, McKinley Millet
Producer(s) T Bone Burnett
Robert Plant singles chronology
"Please Read the Letter"
(2008)
"Rich Woman"
(2008)
Sliver Rider
(2010)
Alison Krauss singles chronology
"Please Read the Letter"
(2008)
"Rich Woman"
(2008)
"Shadows"
(2008)

"Rich Woman" is a song written by Dorothy LaBostrie and McKinley "Li'l" Millet, who recorded it in 1955; and was most notably recorded by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss on their 2007 album Raising Sand.

Background[edit]

The song was first recorded by Li'l Millet and his Creoles, for Specialty Records. He co-wrote the song with LaBostrie, who had previously co-written "Tutti-Frutti" with Little Richard. It was produced by legendary New Orleans producer Robert Blackwell. It was recorded at Cosimo's J&M Studios in September, 1955, and released in November 1955. Backing musicians on the sessions were Edgar Myles (vocals, trombone), McKinley "Li'l" Millet (vocals, bass), Lee Allen (tenor sax), Ernest Mare (guitar), Bartholomew Smith (drums), James Victor Lewis (tenor sax) and Warren Myles (piano).[1]

Cover versions[edit]

Canned Heat recorded it for their eponymous first album, in 1967, on Liberty Records.[2]

The Fabulous Thunderbirds included it on their eponymous first album (also known as Girls Go Wild) in 1979, on Chrysalis Records.[3]

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss opened their 2007 album Raising Sand with their version of the song.

Boz Scaggs opened his 2015 album A Fool To Care, with his version on the indie label, 429 Records. His version most closely resembles the Li'l Millet original.[4]

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss version[edit]

Country singer Alison Krause and former Led Zepplin vocalist Robert Plant included their version on their 2007 duet album Raising Sand; at the suggestion of their noted producer T Bone Burnett.[5] It was also released as a CD single and as a digital download.

It won the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. The single was also prominently featured in the motion picture, Mad Money, starring Diane Keaton, Katie Holmes and Queen Latifah.

Live performances[edit]

Plant & Krauss performed this song along with their first single "Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On)" at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards in 2009. They also performed this song at the JazzFest 2008.

Chart performance[edit]

The song entered the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart at #18 on the week of February 28, 2009. It only stayed on the chart for a week.

Chart (2009) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100[6] 18

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Li'l Millet". Retrieved March 29, 2017. 
  2. ^ Planer, Lindsay. "Canned Heat 'Canned Heat'". Allmusic. Retrieved 29 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "The Fabulous Thunderbirds". Allmusic. Retrieved March 29, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Boz Scaggs, A Fool to Care". Allmusic. Retrieved March 29, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Robert Plant/Alison Krauss - Raising Sand". Music Box. October 23, 2007. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 500. ISBN 0-89820-188-8. 

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