|Posted: 05/13/05 03:50 PM|
|Who did the Original Song?|
The original "Hot Rod Lincoln" was actually by Charlie Ryan (who wrote it). The Johnny Bond version followed by a few months (in 1960), while Commander Cody charted with it 12 years later.
--and my favorite "original song": Unchained Melody. No, kiddies, the original is not from the movie "Ghost" - if it were, it would be called "Ghost Melody" . The original was not even by the Righteous Brothers. The song was first heard in a 1955 movie called --- are you ready --- "Unchained". It was about prisoners at the Chico (CA) prison, and starred former pro football player Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch. The song itself was recorded several times in 1955 (versions by the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Al Hibbler, June Valli and Roy Hamilton all charted that year.) The song also was nominated for a Best Original Song Oscar in '55, but lost to Love Is A Many Splendor Thing. The righteous Brothers version was recorded 11 years later.