On March 12, 1956 drummer and vocalist, Billy Gayles, recorded “I’m Tore Up” in Cincinnati at the King Records studio backed by Ike Turner and His Rhythm Rockers:
“I’m Tore Up” Billy Gayles 1956
Note the songwriting credits: Ike Turner & Ralph Bass
Nearly five years later on January 18, 1961, guitarist and singer, Freddy King, recorded “I’m Tore Down” in the same location, with Sonny Thompson on piano, Bill Willis on bass, two (possibly three) tenor hornsmen — and drummer, Philip Paul (profiled in depth here):
“I’m Tore Down” Freddy King 1961
Raise your hand if you hear Eric Clapton every time Freddy sings one of those high notes.
Did King (actually, Sonny Thompson) write his song as a playful riposte to Gayles? How likely is that he had simply been unaware of the work of a fellow King recording artist?
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Goodbye 78s: The Slow Death of the 10-Inch Record
Interesting to note that the Gayles song from 1956 had also been issued as a 78, but the same cannot be said for King’s 1961 single.