Cream had recorded a song called Lawdy Mama. The number was traditional blues and had been a fixture of Cream's live set. Felix Pappalardi brought the tape home and wrote the lyrics to Strange Brew to the tune of Lawdy Mama. The lyrics were then super-imposed over the music.
Felix Pappalardi, the producer who wrote the lyrics with his wife, Gail Collins, was shot and killed by her a few years later in a domestic dispute.
Interesting Fact: Rick Springfield and Eric Clapton have both written songs with the title "White Room".
Rick performed this song live in New Orleans, LA at the House of Blues on 3/30/00 and in Milwaukee at the Potawatomi Casino on 5/21/03.
|Footnote - background photo was taken in Milwaukee, WI on 5/21/03 by Renata Hearn (but not necessarily during the performance of the song)|