I Don’t Need No Doctor – Humble Pie

humble-pieHumble Pie was a rock, hard rock, and rhythm and blues band from England and were one of the first supergroups from the 1970s, finding success in America and UK. They are best remembered for their dynamic live concert performances and songs such as “30 Days in the Hole”, “I Don’t Need No Doctor”, and “Natural Born Bugie”. The original band lineup featured Steve Marriott from the Small Faces; Peter Frampton, lead singer and guitarist of The Herd; Greg Ridley, former bassist from Spooky Tooth and seventeen-year-old drummer Jerry Shirley.

In late 1968 Steve Marriott formed Humble Pie with Greg Ridley, Peter Frampton and Jerry Shirley who had been the drummer for the mod band Apostolic Intervention. Because they had previously played in high-profile groups many viewed Humble Pie as a “supergroup”

Humble Pie concerts at this time featured an acoustic set, with a radical re-working of Graham Gouldman’s “For Your Love” as its centerpiece followed by an electric set. Recent tape archives show that the band recorded around 30 songs in its first nine months of existence, many of which remained unreleased for decades, including a cover of the Ray Charles classic Drown In My Own Tears.

On Saturday, April 20, 1991, Steve Marriott died in a house fire, presumably after falling asleep in his bed with a lit cigarette. He was 44 years old.  Greg Ridley died on 19 November 2003 in Alicante, Spain of pneumonia and resulting complications. He was 56.

I Don’t Need No Doctor

I Don’t Need No Doctor” was a hit song by Ray Charles in 1966. Over the years, it has been covered by bands such as garage rock band The Chocolate Watchband in 1969, Humble Pie in 1971, New Riders of the Purple Sage in 1972 and metal band W.A.S.P. in 1986. Styx also covered this song. Humble Pie’s version became an FM radio hit.

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I don’t need no doctor
‘Cause I know what’s ailing me
I don’t need no doctor
‘Cause I know what’s ailing me
All I need is my baby
You don’t know I’m in misery

I don’t need no doctor
I don’t need no doctor

I don’t need no doctor
My prescription tells me that
I don’t need no doctor
My prescription tells me that
All I need is my baby
You don’t know I’m in misery

I don’t need no doctor
I don’t need no doctor
I don’t need no doctor
I don’t need no doctor

Well the doctor said I need rest- ooh ooh
He put me on the critical list- ooh ooh
Keeping me safe from harm- ooh ooh
All I need is her sweet charm- ooh ooh
He gave me a medicated lotion, that wouldn’t do
Ooh, yeah my emotion, oh yeah, no doctor no!

I don’t need no doctor
I don’t need no doctor
I don’t need no doctor
I don’t need no doctor

I don’t need no doctor
I don’t need no doctor
I don’t need no doctor
I don’t need no doctor

  • Audio from the 1971 album, Rockin’ the Fillmore:

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DJ Allyn is a burned out radio guy who went on to become a burned out sound engineer for a few Seattle area grunge bands in the 1980s and 1990s. Left the madness of worldwide tours with bands, cleaned up my act and went into the relative sanity of sound engineering for television series. Currently working as the Director of Sound for a television series being filmed in North Vancouver, British Columbia. I am always on the lookout for interesting videos, old music, and fun.

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