Dead & Company Shares ‘Man Smart, Women Smarter’ From Fall 2017: Pro-Shot Video
Dead & Company ended the first set of their second show of Fall Tour 2017 at Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 14 with “Man Smart, Women Smarter.” Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann along with Jeff Chimenti, Oteil Burbridge and John Mayer shared pro-shot video of their second-ever version of the King Radio tune on YouTube.
Read notes penned by Tales From The Golden Road co-host Gary Lambert:
This battle-of-the-sexes tale, written by the Trinidadian singer/songwriter Norman Span (aka “King Radio”), first reached a larger audience courtesy of Harry Belafonte, whose crossover success launched a Calypso craze in the U.S. in the 1950s (others may remember the song as rendered by the Ricardos and Mertzes on an episode of “I Love Lucy” not long after the Belafonte record hit it big). The Grateful Dead started performing the tune in the early 80s, transporting it stylistically from the Caribbean to the Crescent City by infusing it with that distinctive Mardi Gras mambo feel.
Watch Dead & Company’s performance of “Man Smart, Women Smarter”:
This summer’s Dead & Company tour starts at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California on May 31 and June 1 and runs through July 6.