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Pino Palladino: The Story Behind “Wherever I Lay My Hat” Bass Line

“Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home)” was first recorded by Marvin Gaye in 1962. Twenty-one years later, Paul Young released his version, which went on to become a major hit thanks in large part to Pino Palladino and his fretless bass.

In this video, Pino tells the story behind the song, as do others who were there. I found it interesting that Pino quoted Stravinsky in this piece. One of Pino’s influences, Jaco Pastorius, did the same thing.

Two things about this knocked me out. The first was Pino’s admission that he can’t read music.

The second was when Pino said that when he first heard the song on the radio, he was embarrassed because “all musicians are the same… we all think we’re rubbish” and that “I’ll never get any other gigs.”

Of course, that track turned out to be far from that, and one that caused Pino’s career to take off.

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