"Elusive Butterfly"- Bob Lind (my favorite songs)
Billkozy on 04/19/2015
|Bob Lind wrote this song, depicting himself as a butterfly hunter--the analogy being the search for romance is as elusive as butterflies are to capture. Lind traveled a lot as a boy and then played folk music in the Denver area. He wrote "Elusive Butterfly" during a sunrise after staying up all night. He says the song is about "The magic of the quest, the thrill of searching, even when that which is sought is hard to see."|
After signing a deal with Metro Music, Sonny Bono was supposed to work with Lind, but he passed him off to the late great and legendary Jack Nitzsche, who was known for his work with The Rolling Stones. Nitzsche by the way composed the music scores for films like One Flew Over the Cuckoo' Nest, The Exorcist, and Starman. Nitzsche came up with an innovative string arrangement, making "Elusive Butterfly" one of the first folk-rock songs to feature a string section.
Some of the best session musicians of the 60s appeared on this track, including Leon Russell on piano and Carol Kaye on bass.
I was surprised to learn that among the many artists who have also covered this song are Glen Campbell, Dolly Parton, The Four Tops, Cher, Petula Clark, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Johnny Mathis, The Lettermen, Lou Christie, and Florence Henderson! Right after launching this Kerblunk, I'm going straight to youtube and search for these covers!
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