Friday, September 2, 2011

The Fabulous Thunderbirds - "Wrap it Up"

Wrap It Up - Tuff Enuff

(Debuted August 9, 1986, Peaked #50, 10 Weeks on the Chart)

The Fabulous Thunderbirds  were formed in Austin in 1974 and were led by vocalist/harmonica player Kim Wilson and guitarist Jimmie Vaughan. Influenced by the blues, they built their sound into a powerful roadhouse blues sound that helped them become the house band at Antone's in Austin, where they became a big part of that city's burgeoning music scene.

"Wrap it Up" was written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter, remake of a 1968 Sam & Dave song.It was the followup to the group's hit single "Tuff Enuff," a song I really didn't like that much and grew increasingly tired of as it was played on heavy rotation on my local radio station. When "Wrap it Up" came out, I realized the band was a lot better than I'd assumed...but the song didn't stay around long. The same thing happened to another Fabulous Thunderbirds song that caught my ear in 1988 ("Powerful Stuff").

In 1989, Jimmie Vaughan left the band to play along with his brother, Stevie Ray. The band needed two guitarists to replace him, but they've soldiered on ever since, with Wilson remaining the only constant member.

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