Who Did It First?

Who Did It First?

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a€œEverybody 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 arena€™t very different a€“ some songs just dona€™t climb the charts the first time theya€™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.a€ So writes Bob Leszczak in the opening pages of Who Did It First?: Great Rock and Roll Cover Songs and Their Original Artists. In this third and final volume to the Who Did It First? series, readers explore the hidden history of the most famous, indeed legendary, rock songs and standards. Did you know that the Wild Ones had a a€œWild Thinga€ before the Troggs? Were you aware that it took a second shot for a€œDouble Shot of My Babya€™s Lovea€ to make the charts? Had you heard that Guy Villari and the Regents dated a€œBarbara Anna€ five years before the Beach Boys? Were you privy to the fact that there was a€œHanky Pankya€ going on with Ellie Greenwich and the Raindrops, as well as the Summits, before Tommy James and the Shondells made the song a number 1 classic? Some of the information contained within these pages will shock, rattle and roll you. You may fancy yourself a music expert, but this third and last in a series of titles devoted to the story of great songs and their revival as great covers is filled with eye openers. In many instances, onea€™s eyes will open even wider as a result of the list of cover artists (with Paul Ankaa€™s remake of Nirvanaa€™s a€œSmells like Teen Spirita€ leading the pack). Who Did It First?Great Rock and Roll Cover Songs and Their Original Artistsis 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.Alive album (DV8 #0766). They recorded for an Aaamp;M affiliated record label called DV8 (pronounced a€œdeviatea€). ... #2778 (45) Release Year: 1970; Chart: #14 Billboard Hot 100 Cover Artist: the Isley Brothers Label: T-Neck Records; Recording:anbsp;...

Title:Who Did It First?
Author:Bob Leszczak
Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield - 2014-07-10


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