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So what's the story behind "Little Wing"?

Old 07-21-04, 04:19 AM
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So what's the story behind "Little Wing"?

I have three versions of the song(Jimmy, SRV, The Corrs) and have read the lyrics. I like it and think I will only continue to appreciate it. I gather it was written as a song for Jimmy to his daughter, but I am also seeing it mentioned in the "Songs You Want Played at Your Funeral" thread.

Is there more of a story behind the song?
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Old 07-21-04, 09:44 AM
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Positively beautiful song. Didn't Sting cover it as well?
I'd give my left nut to hear Lewis Taylor's live version of this one...
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Old 07-21-04, 02:49 PM
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Not sure about the story behind the song, but everybody and their mother has covered it. Here's a partial list:

Jimi Hendrix
Jay Dee Maness
The Corrs
Nigel Kennedy
String
Jonas Hellborg
World Saxophone Quartet
Gil Evans
Pinguin Moschner
Lew Soloff
Hiram Bullock
Robert Van
Carl Filipiak
Chet McCracken
Corina Bartra
Concrete Blonde
Neil Young
Yngwie Malmsteen
Randy Coven
Ottmar Liebert
Screaming Headless Torsos
Roy Mette
John Etheridge
Skid Row
Metallica
Eric Clapton
Michael Lee Firkins
Antoine Rocks
Love
Treacherous Jaywalkers
Takashi Matsumoto
Paolo Lotti
Sanne Salomonsen
Toots Thielemans
Derek and the Dominos
Snowy White
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
Rick Sanders
Los Lobotomys
Zero
Chaka Khan
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Old 07-21-04, 03:51 PM
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Pearl Jam in concert
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Old 07-21-04, 10:28 PM
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There's a Pearl Jam live cut with the most amazing jam flowing out of little wing. Leave you breathless.
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Old 07-22-04, 07:27 AM
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Originally posted by deadlax
There's a Pearl Jam live cut with the most amazing jam flowing out of little wing. Leave you breathless.
yep.. that's Funkadelic's 'Maggot Brain'... Little Wing > Maggot Brain, with Chad Smith of RHCP on drums.
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Old 07-22-04, 08:32 AM
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Originally posted by mkdevo
yep.. that's Funkadelic's 'Maggot Brain'... Little Wing > Maggot Brain, with Chad Smith of RHCP on drums.
Damn, I'd love to hear that, and I'm not even a PJ fan...
Is it on any official release?
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Old 07-22-04, 12:58 PM
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Damn, I'd love to hear that, and I'm not even a PJ fan...
Is it on any official release?
it's not, but it's on a highly-circulated bootleg in soundboard form... if you drop me an email, i'd be glad to hook you up..

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Old 07-22-04, 04:41 PM
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Def Leppard has covered it
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Old 07-22-04, 05:51 PM
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Originally posted by mkdevo
it's not, but it's on a highly-circulated bootleg in soundboard form... if you drop me an email, i'd be glad to hook you up..

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Which bootleg is it?
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Old 07-23-04, 08:51 AM
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Which bootleg is it?
i believe it was a 'bonus track' on a 7/11/95 bootleg.. the Little Wing > Maggot Brain was actually played at the previous show (7/9/95)..

note: this was before the 'official bootlegs'.
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