Who Did It First?

Who Did It First?

Great Pop Cover Songs and Their Original Artists

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"Everybody has to start somewhere. Businessmen start on the ground floor and try to work their way up the corporate ladder. Baseball players bide their time in the minor leagues wishing for an opportunity to move up and play in the majors. Musical compositions aren't very different--some songs just don't climb the charts the first time they're recorded. However, with perseverance, the ideal singer, the right chemistry, impeccable timing, vigorous promotion, and a little luck, these songs can become very famous." So writes Bob Leszczak in the opening pages of Who Did It First? Great Pop Cover Songs and Their Original Artists. In this second volume in the Who Did It First? series, Leszczak explores the hidden history of the most famous, indeed legendary, pop songs and standards. As he points out, the version you purchased, swayed to, sang to, and grew up with is often not the first version recorded. Like wine and cheese, some tunes do get better with age, and behind each there is a story. Included are little-known facts and amusing anecdotes, often gathered through Leszczak's vast archive of personal interviews with the singers and songwriters, record producers and label owners, who wrote, sang, recorded, and distributed either the original first cut or one of its classic covers. The second in a series of titles devoted to the story of great songs and their revival as great covers, Who Did It First? Great Pop Cover Songs and Their Original Artists is the perfect playlist builder. So whether quizzing friends at a party, answering a radio station contest, or just satisfying an insatiable curiosity to know who really did do it first, this work is a must-have.
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, 2014
ISBN: 9781442230675
Branch Call Number: 781.6409 LES 2014 23
Characteristics: xxx, 285 pages

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" Muskrat love----'...is extremely polarizing, and music lovers have very strong opinions about the song---either you love it or you hate it.' MY BOY LOLLIPOP was kept from the #1 spot by I GET AROUND, by the Beach Boys. Millie Small never hit the top 30 again." " ROSE GARDEN rose to #3 in '71. It was written by Joe South, and sung by Lynn Anderson. She briefly became the darling of the variety show circuit." " WHO'S SORRY NOW charted #4 for Connie Francis in '58. She was about to be let go by her record company. Fifteen years later, Marie Osmond brought the song back into the top 40, albeit only briefly. In 1946, the song was included on the soundrack for the Marx Brothers film, A NIGHT IN CASABLANCA." "CAT'S IN THE CRADLE: began as a poem by Harry Chapin's wife, Sandy. it was produced by a former member of the group Steam. the song inspired an episode of CSI, that of April 25, 2002." " HELLO MARY LOU, a huge hit for Ricky Nelson, was composed by Gene Pitney. After this one, Rick dropped the 'y' from his first name." " HERE YOU COME, AGAIN was Dolly Parton's first crossover hit, and was written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill." " YOU BELONG TO ME soared to #1 for Jo Stafford, and she began a tv variety show, as a result, in '54. It was written by Pee Wee King, Chilton Price and Redd Stewart."

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