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Daughter Of Darkness

12 visits
The Les Reed Orchestra and Chorus perform "Daughter Of Darkness" (Les Reed - Geoff Stephens) from the 1971 LP "The Hit Making World Of Les Reed". The same composers wrote The Fortunes "Here It Comes Again" and "There's A Kind Of Hush" by Herman's Her…


Action (Sweet)

26 visits
This is an outtake of the Sweet hit "Action". It was written by the band: Brian Connelly, Steve Priest, Andy Scott and Mick Tucker. The song went through several changes from the initial recording and the results on the albums "Strung Up" and "Give U…


You're The Top

37 visits
Cole Porter sings and plays piano on this version of "You're The Top" recorded in 1934 the year it was introduced in the musical "Anything Goes". The song references almost everything cultural in that era. The composer recorded "You're The Top" again…


When Day Is Done (Madonna, du bist schöner als der Sonnenschein)

37 visits
Austrian tenor and actor Richard Tauber sang "Madonna, du bist schöner als der Sonnenschein" (Robert Katscher) from the 1927 revue "Kusse um Mitternacht". The composer was Jewish and fled Vienna for the United States in 1938. Wikipedia "In 1933, Taub…


Is A Blue Bird Blue

47 visits
Rick Hall produced Dan Penn's (Pennington) "Is A Blue Bird Blue?". This was one of Dan's first releases on MGM Records in 1965. Producing, songwriting and acting as a session musician are things Dan excels and so it is with his few recordings.…


Feel

58 visits
Songwriter, producer and musician Guy Chambers' 2019 album "Go Gentle Into The Light" includes "Feel" (Robbie Williams - Guy Chambers). Guy has collaborated with Melanie C, Kathy Dennis, Karla DioGuardi, Julian Lennon and especially Robbie Williams.…


Stranger In Town

57 visits
He was an actual child prodigy as a singer; Mel Torme started a professional singing career at the age of four! "The Velvet Fog", Mel Torme sings his composition "Stranger In Town". This is one of the many versions available. In 1945 Mart…


Drivers License

63 visits
This is Olivia Rodrigo and an Instagram post from July, 2020. Perhaps this is the first public performance of "Drivers License" (Olivia Rodrigo - Dan Nigro). "When I came up with 'Drivers License', I was going through a heartbreak that was so confusi…


Forget Me Nots

67 visits
Bassist "Ready" Freddie Washington has played with George Benson, Herbie Hancock, Michael Jackson, Al Jarreau, Elton John, B.B. King, Johnny Mathis, Lionel Richie and Patrice Rushen. "Forget Me Nots" was written by Freddie with Patrice Rushen and Ter…


Sunny Side Up

64 visits
It was 1924 while filming as an eighteen year old extra in her first movie Janet Gaynor (Laura Gainor) continued working in a shoe store just in case a motion picture career didn't work out. Within a few years she won the first Academy Award Best Act…


I Breathe In, I Breathe Out

65 visits
David Kersh first recorded "I Breathe In, I Breathe Out" (Chris Cagle - Jon Robbin) for his 1998 album "If I Never Stop Loving You". The song was not released as a single. In 2001 Chris Cagle reissued his debut album "Play It Lo…


Tumbling Tumbleweeds

64 visits
The Sons Of The Pioneers (Roy Rogers lead vocals, Hugh and Karl Farr, Bob Nolan and Tim Spencer) released the first recording of "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" (Bob Nolan) as a single in 1934. The original title was "Tumbling Tumble Leaves". The song peaked…


Blue Prelude

64 visits
Saxophonist, bandleader Glen Gray (Glenn Knoblauch) and the Casa Loma Orchestra was first to record "Blue Prelude" (Gordon Jenkins - Joe Bishop) at the end of January, 1933. Glen's mother's maiden name was Gray. Grammy winner Gordon Jenkins…


I Got Stung

61 visits
While in the U.S. Army and waiting his deployment to Germany, Elvis Presley went to Nashville to record "I Got Stung" (Aaron Schroeder - David Hill). This is the fifth take from that session. Elvis Presley placed the hit sin…


It Hurts Me

60 visits
Charlie Daniels performing "It Hurts Me" (Joy Byers - Charlie Daniels) at the IP Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Apparently it was Charlie's friend Bob Johnston who co-wrote the song under his wife's name. Wikipedia "Elvis came to town. He picked it u…


Jailhouse Rock

62 visits
This is an alternate take on the Elvis Presley classic "Jailhouse Rock" (Jerry Leiber - Mike Stoller) recorded April 30, 1957 for the film of the same name. Wikipedia: "Some of the characters named in the song are real people. Shifty Henry was a well…


My Boy (Parce que je t'aime mon enfant)

65 visits
The late Claude Francois recorded "Parce Que Je T'aime, Mon Enfant" ( Claude Francois - Jean-Pierre Bourtayre - Yves Dessca) in 1970. The title is literally translated as "Because I Love You My Child". Claude also wrote the lyrics for "Comme d'habitu…


Rubberneckin'

64 visits
This is the first take of Elvis Presley singing "Rubberneckin'" (Dory Jones - Bunny Warren). Many think this was written for the Elvis and Mary Tyler Moore movie "Change Of Habit" but is was actually not recorded for the film and was only later added…


Witchcraft (Elvis Presley)

64 visits
The Spiders (Hayward and brother Leonard Carbo, Issachar Gordon, Joe Maxon, Bill Moore and Matthew West) released "Witchcraft" (Dave Bartholomew - Pearl King) and peaked at number five R&B in 1956. The Elvis Presley and the Jordanaires cover…


Treat Me Nice

68 visits
Before the 1957 movie "Jailhouse Rock" began production the songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller were hired to write tunes for the soundtrack. The duo composed the title tune along with "(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care" and "Treat M…


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