Video: Michael Nesmith -- “Propinquity (I’ve Just Begun To Care)” (live in 1971)
From Nevada Fighter (RCA, 1971).
“Propinquity” means being close to someone, and as is typical, Nez never says the title in his song. This was written before he joined the Monkees and he recorded a demo in 1966 and then a full band version during the famous 1968 Nashville sessions. That version remained unreleased until The Monkees Missing Links, Volume 3 came out in the 1996.
The first officially released version of “Propinquity” was by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on their 1970 album Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy. Nez finally released his own version a year later with his First National Band on their third album, Nevada Fighter. That album flopped despite Mike promoting it with this solo television performance. The First National Band disbanded shortly thereafter.
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Video: Emmylou Harris -- “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” (live in 1970)
From Gliding Bird (Jubilee Records, 1969 or 70).
This Bob Dylan cover was Emmylou’s debut single, released years before she met Gram Parsons. The album, Gliding Bird, came out on Jubilee Records, which folded soon after. Emmylou subsequently “disowned” the album, but these days she links to a reissue on her website. And really, what’s not to like? Sure, it’s juvenilia, but it’s not without its charms. She’s more of a singer than an artist. But hey, she was just a kid.
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