I’d Rather Go Blind

Classic Chicken Shack, performed by Playing for Change on their Australian tour.

Originally an Etta James classic, Chicken Shack reached No 14 in the UK charts in 1969, featuring Christine Perfect, later to become Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac, on vocals.

I’d Rather Go Blind recorded by Etta James in 1967, released in 1968.

Rod Stewart covered the song on his 1972 album Never a Dull Moment.

At the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors concert honouring Buddy Guy, Beth Hart received a standing ovation for a rendition of the song accompanied by Jeff Beck on guitar. Buddy Guy, fellow inductees Led Zeppelin, and other celebrities, including Barack and Michelle Obama, were in the audience.

Edited version of what was previously published on Medium.

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