October 24, 2020

Whiskey Man

From the "A Quick One" liner notes by Chris Charleworth with additions by Brian Cady.

Recorded at IBC Studios, London Oct. 3, 1966.

"I always had trouble singing my r’s, so I double-tracked my vocals. On one track I sang ‘fwend’ and on the other ‘flend,’ hoping they’d come together as ‘friend.’"
–John Entwistle

From the A Quick One liner notes by Chris Charleworth with additions by Brian Cady:

Recorded at IBC Studios, London Oct. 3, 1966.

"I always had trouble singing my r’s, so I double-tracked my vocals. On one track I sang ‘fwend’ and on the other ‘flend,’ hoping they’d come together as ‘friend.’"
–John Entwistle

The double-tracking is very evident on the stereo version released only in Europe and Japan. In Japan it was also released as a single backed with "Boris The Spider" in 1967.

The song was inspired by the Chuck Connors western Ride Beyond Vengence known in the U.K. as Night Of The Tiger. In this 1966 film Claude Akins’ character Elwood Coates has an imaginary friend called "Whiskey Man."