Monday, May 19, 2014

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 3

For this latest edition of our long running Odds & Ends series, we have gathered, seemingly from the four winds, an even dozen of the finest records by some of the top artists of our day. These are names you will recognize at the drop of a pin. 

Names like Bo Diddley, Sam Cooke, and The Fireballs. An especially fine bonus feature of this collection is the inclusion of the very rare first version of Buddy Holly’s “That’ll Be the Day.” In addition, we have some very nice cover versions of songs made famous by others. A cover version, in music business jargon, is a song that is or was a hit performed by the original artist which is now being performed or “covered” by another artist whether contemporaneous or original. Some of these will be obvious to the dedicated music fan among you. For instance we have Sam Cooke’s great rendition of “Summertime” originally performed by the Gershwin Brothers, The Cat Powers’s “Lost Someone” by James Brown, a Cajun rendition of “Memphis, Tennessee,” and one of the earliest cover versions of Richard Berry’s immortal “Louie Louie,” performed here by Little Bill and his aggregation. This is only a partial listing and we invite you to discover the others as you listen and try to determine which song is the original and which is the “cover.”

Again, we hope this collection meets your satisfaction and very high expectations. We will be back soon with more “Odds & Ends” for your listening pleasure. 

—Melvin Cowznofski, Radio KBAK, Lompoc, CA

Buddy Holly • Maybe Baby (1st version) • 1957

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