Every Billboard Hot 100 Single- 1970- #19- “Compared To What”- Les McCann and Eddie Harris.
- Single: “Compared To What”- Les McCann and Eddie Harris
- Record Company- Atlantic
- Genre: Jazz
- Written by- Gene McDaniels
- Time: 3:13
- B-side:”Cold Duck”
- Album-Les Is More
- Grade: A
- Peaked at #85 spent 4 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival in the fall of 1969- Les McCann on piano and singing the vocals and Eddie Harris on tenor saxophone. The song was written back in 1966 and contained a rant against President Johnson and the Vietnam War. The song around the same time appeared on Roberta Flack’s debut album. It was Flack’s first single but didn’t make any of the charts. The McCann and Harris version is the best known version of the song. The song has been recorded over the years by over 270 artists.
Les McCann was a jazz keyboardist and singer. This was McCann’s only Hot 100 appearance. Eddie Harris wrote much of the music for The Bill Cosby Show- he had 4 Hot 100 singles with 1 making the Top 40 “Exodus” #36 in 1961. Eddie Harris died in 1996 of heart failure at the age of 62. Les McCann is still living-he is 84.