The Strange Story of Mickey and Sylvia's "Love Is Strange"

The Strange Story of Mickey and Sylvia’s “Love Is Strange”


At the point when Mickey and Sylvia discharged “Love Is Strange” in late 1956, the track turned into a Top 20 hit the following year; however creative enough to impact specialists like Jimi Hendrix, the melody would be the pair’s just graph achievement. 

Sharing the writer credit are Mickey Baker, Sylvia Robinson and Ellas McDaniel, also called Bo Diddley. For a long time, be that as it may, who expressed “Love Is Strange” had been in question. Diddley’s guitarist Jody Williams kept up that the foundations of “Affection Is Strange” lie in a riff he composed for “Billy’s Blues,” artist Billy Stewart’s introduction. Williams guaranteed he at that point utilized the riff when he co-stated “Love  เรื่องแปลกรอบโลก  Is Strange” with Diddley. With Williams on lead guitar, Diddley recorded “Love Is Strange” for Chess Records in May 1956. 

In any case, before the melody was put on vinyl, Williams asserted that Mickey Baker contemplated his guitar take a shot at “Affection Is Strange” at exhibitions from off stage. Back in Chicago at Chess, Williams says he realized why; Bo Diddley revealed to Williams that he had offered the melody to Mickey and Sylvia for $2,000, however guaranteed Williams that he would get essayist’s sovereignties. 

Mickey “Guitar” Baker was a popular meeting player in 1955 when vocalist Sylvia Vanderpool, at that point a battling artist known as “Little Sylvia,” approached Baker for guitar exercises. (Sylvia later became Sylvia Robinson subsequent to wedding Joe Robinson.) Baker, 11 years Robinson’s senior, concocted the thought for a pair following the achievement of Les Paul and Mary Ford. In front of an audience the pair dressed exquisitely; the two of them played guitars as they prodded each other in tune. 

In the studio, composes Dave Marsh, maker Bob Rolontz of RCA’s Groove Records made Mickey and Sylvia’s exceptional sound. “(I)nstead of going in and cutting live, he started to overdub, developing the guitar parts through multitracking and rehashed accounts. The sullen RCA engineers revealed to Rolontz he was insane. He advised them to quiet down. The outcome is the most cleaned adaptation of the Bo Diddley beat at any point sorted out.” 

In their account of Jimi Hendrix, Harry Shapiro and Caesar Glebbeek compose that “Adoration Is Strange” was “one of the most persuasive tunes of the period” for the youthful Hendrix, at that point a primary school understudy working out melodies on an old ukelele with one string found by his dad while wiping out somebody’s carport. Hendrix’s sibling Leon said that after Hendrix heard Mickey Baker’s single-string solo, “he truly began to search for some outlet, playing melodies and making sense of things on one string.”