Snuffy Miller, “Now Everybody Knows”

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I may have written this one up on my old website – it’s a longtime favorite of mine. Written by comedian Don Bowman, I first learned this song from Charlie Rich’s uptempo bopper version, cut late in his tenure on Sun; but here Snuffy gives it a very different treatment. It’s arranged as a shuffle, played at a slow midtempo, and damn does it hit the pocket and stay there. It’s as deep as any soul groove, I swear! Snuffy was mostly a drummer, and later a studio engineer, and didn’t step out to the lead singer’s microphone very much. Maybe he just didn’t crave the spotlight? I like his voice on this track, he really puts this song over with a combination of Ray Price passion and Twitty-ish groan.