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Posted: 05/09/05 10:01 PM
Author: Peter
Location: Ontario
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Who did the Original Song?
This trivia question is meant to refer to major hits that were actually performed earlier in time by lesser known artists. Examples:

Tainted Love - Gloria Jones
Cocaine - JJ Cale
Hot Rod Lincoln - Johnny Bond
Shakin All Over - Johnny and the Pirates
Smokin in the Boys Room - Brownsville Station

Probably lots more..........


Posted: 05/27/05 04:55 PM
Author: jerzynek
Location: Enlgand
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Who did the Original Song?
Shinade O'conner-nothing compares to you was a Prince cover
Aled Jones, the snowman song, not original singer
Posted: 05/31/05 06:38 PM
Author: musicollector
Location: Calgary, Alta., Canada
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Who did the Original Song?
But CSN&Y did the best version of "Woodstock" ****ever****:). imho.

Harry
http://harry.cckerala.com
Posted: 05/31/05 06:45 PM
Author: musicollector
Location: Calgary, Alta., Canada
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Who did the Original Song?
Original: "You're All I Need To get By" by Marvin Gaye & Tammy Terrell
Remake: Tony Orlando & Dawn (1975)- The best version ever!

Original: "Misty" by Johnny Mathis
Remake: Ray Stevens (1975)- The best version ever!

Harry
http://www.geocities.com/rare-song-site
Posted: 05/31/05 11:50 PM
Author: Dovaria
Location: vermont
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Who did the Original Song?
Just a correction to the corrections. You sure Frank Sinatra recorded Macarthur Park in 1960? That would make Jimmy Webb 14 years old when he wrote it! Actually Webb originally wrote it for The Association, but they rejected it. Richard Harris recorded it in 1968 and the rest is history. Donna Summer did it in '78, and Sinatra didn't record it until '79.

And you might want to check about Roy Orbison and Love Hurts. From memory I think the Everly Brothers did it a couple of years earlier than the Big O.
Posted: 06/02/05 08:41 AM
Author: Vic Ferri
Location: Canada
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Who did the Original Song?
I stand corrected! You are absolutely right about Macarthur Park and yes The Everly Brothers did Love Hurts before Roy Orbison. Thanks for that - I will edit my post soon.
Posted: 06/14/05 05:26 PM
Author: joehill
Location: california
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Who did the Original Song?
Here are some others; Respect - Otis Redding before Aretha, Suzie Q. Original by Dale Hawkins, before Creedence Cleerwater, Barbara Ann- originally by an obscure NY doo-wop group called the Regents, not the Beach Boys. Heard it through the grapevine was first recorded by Gladys Knight and the Pips, before Marvin Gaye, All Along the Watchtower was written and recorded by Bob Dylan, before Hendrix, Me and Bobby McGee was written and recorded by Kris Kristofferson before Janis Joplin...just to name a few
Posted: 08/03/05 11:50 PM
Author: gregury
Location: Virginia
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Who did the Original Song?
you stated that the original Hey Joe was recorded by Tim Rose, not the Leaves. Per my research, the first version was recorded by the Leaves in late 1965 and was released on MIRA single #207, which was withdrawn. The version by Love was released 3/66 so was probably recorded shortly before that. Tim Rose recorded his version one month before the Leaves 2nd version hit the charts (5/21/66) so that dates his recording to April 1966. I assume that the 2nd Leaves version was recorded in May 1966 since it was released on MIRA single #222 in May.
Posted: 08/03/05 11:58 PM
Author: gregury
Location: Virginia
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Who did the Original Song?
some info about "Let's Get Together"
written by Chester Powers (aka Dino Valenti of Quicksilver)
1st recorded by David Crosby in 1963 (shared houseboat w/ Powers) not released until 2001 on Sundazed "Preflyte Sessions"
recording was produced by Jim Dickson. Powers recorded the song
sometime in 1964 for Autumn records but it was not released until 1999 on Someone to Love (various artists LP). It was also recorded by the Kingston Trio on 4/2/64 but not released until 1995 on The Capitol Years. The Kingston Trio live version from the Hungry Eye was recorded 4/3 or 4/4/64 and released in May 64 on Back in Town album. The Hamilton Camp version was recorded late 1964 and appears on Paths of Victory LP (produced by Jim Dickson who also produced the original Byrds demo tapes which included David Crosby). The version by The We Five was recorded around September of 1965. The Jefferson Airplane version was recorded 2/26/66 and was on 1st LP "Takes Off" with Signe Toly Anderson instead of Grace Slick. Finally the 7th artist to record it got a hit - The Youngbloods (hit charts 9/2/67 & peaked at #62- re-issued and hit charts 6/28/69 and peaked at #5.
Posted: 08/18/05 04:30 AM
Author: pg13
Location: seattle
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Who did the Original Song?
A minor correction...

Jerzynek said that "Nothing Compares 2 U" was a Prince cover before Sinead O'Connor did it. Well, Prince wrote it...but his version of it didn't come out until a few years after Sinead's version. (Prince's first released version of this song was the live version on "Hits 1" in 1993, Sinead's version came out in 1990.)

Jerzynek is right, though, in saying that Sinead's version wasn't the original version. Prince originally gave the song to The Family, Prince's attempt to remold The Time (following the departures of Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and Morris Day) into a vehicle for his then girlfriend Susannah Melvoin (identical twin sister to Wendy Melvoin--guitarist in The Revolution.)

"Nothing Compares 2 U" wasn't even the single for The Family (that belongs to "Screams of Passion"...which didn't exactly burn up the charts...thus depriving us from The Family II.) "Nothing Compares..." was just an album track--an overproduced one at that...so, Sinead's re-arrangement with her cover is both inspired and remarkable.

pg--seattle
Posted: 10/08/05 03:43 PM
Author: jr.
Location: U.S.A
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Who did the Original Song?
Black Betty, realeased by Ram Jam in 1977, was written by Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter, in 1933. There is some discrepancy as to whether he was actually the first to record the song. Some contend it was first performed by James 'Iron Head' Baker.


The Cream song 'Crossroads', was originally done by blues great, (and some say father of the blues), Robert Johnson, who recorded it twice, in November 1936, and June 1937, in San Antonio and Dallas, respectively.

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