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"Elusive Butterfly"- Bob Lind (my favorite songs)



billkozyBillkozy 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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Comments (6)
vickib79
Vickib79  (Level: 306.0)
Mon, 27th Apr '15 10:22 PM

thank you .. one of my favorite songs ever .. nice to bring back the memory of it


ladyvol
Ladyvol  (Level: 213.0)
Tue, 21st Apr '15 10:22 PM

one of my favorite songs...


butterfly11
Butterfly11  (Level: 85.2)
Tue, 21st Apr '15 7:28 AM

beautiful butterfly song


1mks
1mks  (Level: 221.1)
Mon, 20th Apr '15 1:10 PM

super


smartaleck
Smartaleck  (Level: 120.2)
Mon, 20th Apr '15 9:29 AM

A one hit wonder from 1966








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