Somebody Loan Me a Dime
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In 1969 Boz Scaggs released a self-titled album featuring a performance of "Loan Me A Dime
". The only problem was the song credited as Scaggs' was writen by blues man Fenton Robinson
, resulting in legal battles. The nationwide distribution of Robinson's own version of the song was aborted by a freak snow storm hitting Chicago
"It became a big hit for Boz, but Fenton was being robbed
of his moment of fame, as well as the dollars that should have gone along with it. It resulted in a big legal battle, which Fenton eventually won."His saving grace came in 1974, after his contract with the Seventy-Seven label expired. It came in the form of Bruce Iglauer's newly formed Alligator Records. His Alligator debut marked just the fifth release for the label. It finally gave the rest of the world a chance to hear him play his signature song, "Somebody Loan Me A Dime" on the album of the same name. Fans and critics alike loved the album. It was soulful with an incredible horn-driven band backing him up. Both Fenton's vocals and guitar playing were at their best. It looked as if his career was going to take a positive swing. Then, a tragic incident occurred. He was convicted of involuntary manslaughter from a car accident that had happened in 1969. The publicity, as well as his jail term in Joliet Penitentiary, Joliet, Illinois did not help his career. However, he was released on parole after serving only nine months because of good behavior and the incredible amount of mail the parole board received from his fans.
Fenton Robinson - You Don't Know What Love Is (1974)
Fenton Robinson died on November 25, 1997 in Rockford, Illinois of complications from brain cancer.