Loan Me a Dime is a blues song written by Fenton Robinson, an American blues singer and exponent of the Chicago blues guitar, in 1967. The recording by Boz Scaggs appears on his second, self-titled, album released in 1969.
The Scaggs version, recorded at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio studio in Sheffield, Alabama, features Duane Allman (of the Allman Brothers Band) on guitar together with various members of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio owners and session musicians better known as the The Swampers (including Barry Beckett on keyboards, Roger Hawkins on drums, David Hood on bass, and Jimmy Johnson and Eddie Hinton on guitar).
The song starts with a slow keyboard/piano mix. Allman begins to play guitar at the one minute mark. Scaggs only begins singing at the 2:35 mark. At the 4:18 mark, there is a slow solo on guitar by Allman. At about halfway through the 15(or-so)-minute recording, a second guitar solo starts by Allman and the band picks up the pace.
The recording takes most any blues lover most everywhere they want to go. The incredible riffs from Allman defy description on the original recordings, and Scaggs ties this progressive-moody piece all together masterfully with silky-smooth vocalization. The changes of tempo are classic.
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