Category Archives: Bobby Bryant


Hello all. Lately I can’t seem to peel myself away from some other projects I’ve got going so I’ve got to hold off a little longer on posting up part 2 to my mix, EL AMBIENTE BIEN BABES Y BEAN DE URUGUAY. But, I’ll be posting some other mixtapes for you to bump through this fading summer, and I’ve got something else here for you today. So, I present to you—collecting much of what we have heard thus far here in these pages, and then some—a MixTape processed and sequenced for your consumption: Longevity Has It’s Place.

You can listen to the same ol’ feel-good-hit-of-the-summer rolling out your radio, or you can listen to something other spit from A Mouthful of Pennies! —Enjoy yourself!

A Mouthful of Pennies Presents: Longevity Has Its Place

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If you download it, the playlist is listed under the “Lyrics” tab.



by A Mouthful Of Pennies (Bobby Calero)

Cover art layout and design by Keri Kroboth-Calero

1) “Longevity Has Its Place” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Mason Temple, Memphis,TN

on April 3, 1968)

2) By The Time I Get To Arizona – Public Enemy (’91)

3) Two Sisters Of Mystery – Mandrill (’73)

4) If Somebody Told You – Anna King (’63) (Produced by James Brown)

5) I Don’t Know – Ruth Brown (’59)

6) Have you seen her – The Chi-lites (’71)

7) Turn On the Light of Your Love – Four Tops (’72)

8) “Tarantulas Suffocating” – Jack Kerouac (circa late ’50s) (mixed by A Mouthful Of


9) Dope Head Blues – Victoria Spivey (’27)

10) What Would I Do Without You – Ray Charles (’56)

11) Curse of the Poppies – Wicked Witch of the West (’39) (portrayed by Margaret


12) Needle and Spoon – Savoy Brown (’69)

13) Happiness Is a Warm Gun (Lennon/McCartney) – Bobby Bryant (’69)

14) Sam Stone (John Prine ) – Swamp Dogg (’73)

15) Stalkin’ – Duane Eddy (’58)

16) Feio/“As You Walk In Forever” – Miles Davis/Charles Manson (’69/95’)

 (mixed by A Mouthful Of Pennies)

17) Serpiente (viaje por la sal) – Pescado Rabioso (’72)

18) Shake Sugaree (Elizabeth Cotten) – Devendra Banhart (live at at The Knitting

Factory, circa ’04)

19) I’m Going Away – Elizabeth Cotten (’65)

20) I Have A Dream” – Martin Luther King, Jr. (Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on August 28, ’63.)

21) I Shall Be Released – Elvis Presley (May 20, ’71)

22) Robertson Soundcheck Riff – Robbie Robertson (’66 Dylan Tour)

23) It’s Alright, Ma – Bob Dylan (J.Period Remix)

—————————————Bobby Calero——————

P.S. By & by, Fifty years ago today, 250,000 people crowded onto the National Mall in front of the Lincoln Memorial. They came from all across the country for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and to see Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his iconic “I Have A Dream” speech. You can revisit my post on Dr. King from January 14th 2012 over here: BREAK THE SILENCE OF THE NIGHT.


Happiness is a Warm Gun by AWartinger

The John Lennon composition “Happiness Is a Warm Gun,” off of The Beatles 1968 release “The White Album” remains one of his most dynamic, both in terms of musical structure and lyricism. Long rumored to address Lennon’s heroin habit, the song is certainly concerned with much more than just that: a hyper-sexual ode to his developing relationship with Yoko Ono; a comment upon the Guns & Ammo culture; and a display of the poetic depth and pleasure of language a skilled writer can achieve, as is evident in the song’s fragmented, imagist lyrics. However, for the purposes of my little quintet of songs, the narcotic aspect is the lens I’ve chosen to view the song through today.

John Lennon & Yoko Ono in 1968

Although they certainly never seemed to develop a habit horrific enough to warrant a memoir exclusively dedicated to the subject, Lennon and Yoko have both admitted to having a shared heroin addiction, which they attempted to kick together. A year after “Happiness Is a Warm Gun” Lennon recorded his second non-Beatles single, the harrowing “Cold Turkey,” which related the physical experience of withdrawal, and features a lacerating guitar riff played by Eric Clapton.

In a 2007 interview Ono stated that she believes they were able to overcome their addiction because of both their trepidation in using the drug intravenously and the fact that their dealer frequently cut his product down into a much more diluted form. “Luckily we never injected because both of us were totally scared about needles. So that probably saved us and the other thing that saved us was our connection was not very good.  But that saved us actually” (Revoir, 2007).

Numerous and notable artists such as U2, Tori Amos, and frequent guitarist for Tom Waits, Marc Ribot have covered “Happiness Is a Warm Gun” over the years. My favorite cover, however, is the big band rendition performed by trumpet player Bobby Bryant on his 1969 album for Pacific Jazz Records, Earth Dance. Bryant’s orchestration heightens the dramatic tension already inherent in Lennon’s song and his jazz sensibilities make excellent use of its frequent shifts in time signature.

Check it out for yourself:

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Happiness Is a Warm Gun” by Bobby Bryant

Acoustic Bass – John Duke

Baritone Saxophone – Pete Christlieb

Bass [Fender] – Wilton Felder

Congas – Bob Norris, Chino Valdes

Drums – Carl Lott

Engineer – Dino Lappas

French Horn – David Duke

Harmonica – Don Bailey

Piano – Joe Sample

Producer – Wayne Henderson

Saxophone – Herman Riley

Tenor Saxophone – Ernie Watts

Trombone – Bill Tole, George Bohanon, John Ewing

Trombone [Bass] – Mike Wimberly

Trumpet – Bobby Bryant, Buddy Childers, Freddie Hill, Paul Hubinon

Tuba – Don Waldrop

               Earth Dance features as well a version of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” that is definitely worth checking out. And if you’re one of those people who, through some deficiency in your upbringing, are unfamiliar with The Beatles or are under the delusion that you actually do not like them, do your poor, neutered soul a favor and pick up “The White Album.”

Well, stay tuned for the conclusion of The Narcotic Wreck Quintet!

———————————-Bobby Calero


Lennon-McCartney. (1968). Happiness Is a Warm Gun. [recorded by Bobby Bryant] On Earth Dance [CD] Pacific Jazz Records. (1969). PSP Co Ltd. (2011)

Revoir, P. (2007, June 11). John and Yoko were saved from heroin addiction by greedy drug dealer. The Daily Mail. Retrieved February 11, 2012 from