RIP Gene McDaniels 1935-2011

After a run of early 60s hits, Missouri-born songwriter Eugene McDaniels had a political phase, Compared to What being the unparallelled highlight. Above is the version performed by Les McCann and Eddie Harris at Montreux in 1969, and here’s Daniels talking about it last year. I wish I’d had a chance to interview him — he seems like a total gent.

And finally, the Roots and John Legend performing it last year: