Sammy Davis Jr., “Spinning Wheel”
Where I heard it: in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Why it’s awesome:
1. Once you watch that clip you won’t need any more reasons. It’s worth it just for the vest, though the whole performance is pretty groovy.
2. The original version by Blood Sweat and Tears (below) is fantastic. I’m a sucker for horns in a rock song, and the way they punch in this one is beautiful (and the cowbell doesn’t hurt either).
3. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was fantastic. Colin Firth, Ton Hardy, and Benedict Cumberbatch (among others) in a tight, thrilling telling of the John Le Carre classic, all anchored by the best performance Gary Oldman has given in nearly twenty years. Highly recommended.