Two heads are better than one

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

I'm a huge Joni Mitchell fan, and was today-years-old when I discovered that one of my personal favourite Joni Mitchell tunes, 'Twisted', (from her 1974 album titled Court and Spark) was a cover of a song written and performed by Annie Ross in 1952, accompanied by Count Basie on the piano (yes, that Count Basie).

I always felt that Twisted was an interesting style-departure for Joni, who sang primarily folk-country-ish, and this was more jazzy, but never really considered that it might not be her own composition.

Here is a video of Annie Ross performing Twisted back in 1952.  I'm sure you'll recognize it straight away. And if the song is new to you, well.... "You're welcome!".  Enjoy.

In case you haven't heard Joni's version, you can listen to it here.


Posted by

 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email:

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois


Comments (3)

Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Interesting the reason she wrote the song and yes a very different departure from her

Aug 21, 2023 06:57 AM
Alan May

Well, again, keep in mind that Joni didn't write it.

Aug 21, 2023 07:56 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Alan,

Wow!! I'm very surprised at the departure Joni took...very good though! Thanks for taking us back..this was my dads music for sure..he played the drums in a band through college and then kept playing sometimes with a few favorite bands when we were born.

Aug 21, 2023 07:48 AM
Alan May

I love Jazz, so it's no surprise that this song resonated for me.   But I had no idea that it had a Count Basie connection.

Aug 21, 2023 07:57 AM
Gloria Todor
Premier Property Sales & Rentals - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Alan, Joni fan here. Thanks for the history about this song. 

Oct 05, 2023 01:56 PM
Alan May

you are very welcome.

Oct 05, 2023 04:05 PM