Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! as Performed live by The Cannonball Adderly Quintet (1966)

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Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! – Cannonball Adderley Quintet (1966)

This live recorded set, released in 1966 as “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! Live at ‘The Club'” by Cannonball Adderley Quintet, became the 1967 Grammy winner for Best Instrumental Jazz Performance, Small Group or Soloist with Small Group.

The group musicians were:

Cannonball Adderley – Alto saxophone, leader
Nat Adderley – Cornet
Joe Zawinul – Piano, electric piano
Victor Gaskin – Bass
Roy McCurdy – Drums

The song “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! became a hit reaching #11 on the Billboard charts.

Written by Joe Zawinful, this song has been covered often — but with the following lyrics. Thought I would reprint them here just in case you wanted to sing along: I always do when I hear this original instrumental version. 🙂

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
(Williams, Watson and Zawinul)

My baby she may not a-look
Like one of those bunnies out of a Playboy Club
But she got somethin’ much greater than gold
Crazy ’bout that girl ’cause she got so much soul

I said she got the kind of lovin’
Kissin’ and a-huggin’
Sure is mellow
Glad that I’m her fellow and I know
That she knocks me off my feet
Have mercy on me
‘Cause she knocks me off my feet
There is no girl in the whole world
That can love me like you do

My baby when she walks by
All the fellows go, ooooooo, and I know why
It’s simply ’cause that girl she looks so fine
And if she ever leaves me
I would lose my mind

She got the kind of lovin’
Kissin’ and a-huggin’
Sure is mellow
Glad that I’m her fellow and I know
That she knocks me off my feet
Have mercy on me
‘Cause she knocks me off my feet, hey
There is no girl in the whole world
That can love me like you do

Yeah, everybody in the neighborhood
Will testify that my girl she looks so good
And she’s so fine
She’d give eyesight to the blind
And if she ever leaves me I would lose my mind

She got the kind of lovin’
Kissin’ and a-huggin’
Sure is mellow
Glad that I’m her fellow and I know
That she knocks me off my feet
Have mercy on me
‘Cause she knocks me off my feet
There is no girl in the whole world
That can love me like you do

Baby, yeah, you got that soulful feel
Yeah, it’s all right
Mercy, mercy

Julian Edwin “Cannonball” Adderley (September 15, 1928 � August 8, 1975), was a jazz alto saxophonist of the small combo era of the 1950s and 1960s. Originally from Tampa, Florida, he moved to New York in the mid 1950’s.

The nickname “Cannonball” was a childhood nickname for the portly saxophonist, a corruption of “cannibal”. An articulate speaker with an easy manner, Cannonball educated, amused, and informed his audiences in clubs and on television about the art and moods of jazz (he was a music teacher before beginning his jazz career). (Source)

From Florida music teacher — to a member of the Miles Davis Sextet — to a band leader in his own right — Adderly had an impressive music career and left a lasting musical legacy. You can read more about him at the Source link above. And a great fan site can be found here.

In addition, more details about the making of “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! At the Club” release can be found here.

I hope you enjoyed your visit. I am glad you stopped by.

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