Pop singer Ronnie Dove was having a country spasm in the 70‘s and in ‘75 he released a country version of “Things”, the song Bobby Darin had a pop hit on in 1962. Ronnie’s version, an up-tempo shuffle with Buddy Emmons and Jimmy Colvard, kicked major ass and it went to number 25 on the country charts. It was on the jukebox at the Silver Dollar Saloon in my hometown of South Bend when I first started playing steel guitar “out” and I always listened to it when I got there for the gig.
Ten years later I was at his club in Baltimore backing him up. We did “One Kiss for Old Times’ Sake”, “Right or Wrong” and some of his other hits. But do you think he’d do “Things” when I asked him? N-o-o-o, no way, couldn’t remember the words, didn’t want to do it, didn’t have room for it in the show. The bastage.
I still haven’t played “Things” with anyone. Ronnie Dove can kiss my ass, that’s what he is, and I’m just the kinda guy who can do it.