Today’s song is actually a cover (as I only discovered earlier!) and is so far removed from the original, it may as well be a completely different song! Originally written by Neil Diamond in 1966, Solitary Man was his debut single as a recording artist and, even casting aside the obvious man/woman perspective, it has a totally contrasting feel to the version that I’m featuring today.
That same year jazz and gospel singer Della Reese released this track, spicing up her rendition of Solitary Woman with some gorgeous hefty drums, deep-dark bass and powerful, soulful vocals. The transformation is so notable that the track goes from Diamond’s sentimental woe to Reese’s fiery attack.. Listen above and check out the original below (which I have to admit is growing on me).