Iggy Pop & Dr Lonnie Smith Cover Donovan’s “Sunshine Superman”


Iggy Pop joins Dr Lonnie Smith to cover Donovan’s track “Sunshine Superman”. Check it out for yourselves here.

This is one of two collaborations between Smith and Pop and they will both appear on Smith’s upcoming album. Dr Lonnie Smith’s album is due for release later this month.

Pop and Smith also covered Timmy Thomas’ 1972 track “Why Can’t We Live Together” in a Miami studio.

These Pop collaborations are part of an eight track album released by Smith. The other six tracks are taken from Smith’s 75th birthday show at New York’s Jazz Standard in 2017. Smith’s LP from 2018 also features tracks selected from the weeklong residency.

It appears that the Punk hauler, Iggy Pop goes Jazz for this track! Both artists are residing in Florida, with Pop living in Miami and Smith taking up residence in Fort Lauderdale.

“It worked” – Dr Smith on Iggy Pop collaboration

“I was playing with my trio in at Arts Garage in Delray”, Smith said in a statement.

Dr Smith also added, “Iggy (Pop) would come by and say he wanted to play with me. I let him play slaparoo and he loved it. He enjoyed playing with us. We thought about recording a few songs, so we went in with my trio backing us up, and it worked”. 

This backing trio includes, drummer Jonathan Blake, percusionist Richard Bravo along with guitarist Jonathon Kireisberg.

Smith’s album Breathe is available on Blue Note on March 26. Smith rejoined Blue Note, having released several albums with the label in the late 1960s and 70s.

Smith compared the label to a “family”. He also said, “It’s like I never left. Everybody is great to work with. They give me an opportunity to play my life, to tell my story”.

Here is also another reminder to tune in to Nova this weekend to find out how you can win copies of the new Kings of Leon album.