Kevin Coyne :: I Want My Crown, 1973

Early on in this clip from The Old Grey Whistle Test, Kevin Coyne admits that he “knicked” his version of “I Want My Crown” off the song’s originator, Big Joe Williams.   Coyne’s interpretation is more spritely, melodic, and memorable than the bluesman’s–it’s the work of an art-school lifer caught in a moment of mainstream success. “Crown” was featured on what is still Coyne’s best known album . . .

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