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Performances Song History

When Something is Wrong with My Baby

Music: David Porter

Lyrics: Isaac Hayes

Vocals: Trey

Original Artist: Sam and Dave

Original Album: Double Dynamite (1967)

Debut: 1993-04-24

Historian: Mark Toscano

Yes, this song was co-written by Isaac Hayes. Also covered by B.B. King, King Curtis, Joe Cocker, and others, Phish performed this unlikely cover three times, all done within the space of a week. The debut on 4/24/93 came after a standard “Caravan” in the first set, whereas the other two – 4/25/93 and 4/30/93 – appeared as encores, both times preceding an a capella tune. Though Trey solos soulfully in these covers, the band just wasn’t quite suited for the “soul vocalist” genre at the time, and the tune was dropped from rotation.

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