Above is “I Ain’t Drunk (I’m Just Drinkin’ “), a tongue in cheek take on the inebriation by Albert Collins.
Here is the first verse:
Everyday baby, when the sun go down
I get with my friends, an’ I begin to clown
I don’t care, what the people are thinkin’
I ain’t drunk, I’m just drinkin’
The song is preceded by a few seconds of video in which Collins says exactly who he is as a guitarist by saying who he is not.
Below is “Frosty,” a breakthrough for Collins. The video is fuzzy but the band is great. The song initially was recorded in 1962 and was a million dollar seller. Richard Skelly’s bio of Collins at AllMusic has a curious not: The label, Hall-Way Records, was in Beaumont, Texas. For song reason, Janis Joplin and Johnny Winter, natives of the city, were in the studio at the time. Collins later said that Joplin correctly predicted that the song would be a hit.
Collins – who was cited as an influence by none other than Jimi Hendrix – was not well known until Bob “The Bear” Hite of Canned Heat took an interest. Hite took Collins to California where his career blossomed. Sadly, Collins was not to enjoy the fame for too long. He died in 1993 of liver cancer.
Here is “Albert Collins: Deluxe Edition” (which includes “I Ain’t Drunk (I’m Just Drinkin’)” at Amazon and at iTunes.