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I'm the co-host of THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO with Dana & Carl (Sunday nights, 9 to Midnight Eastern, www.westcottradio.org).  As a freelance writer, I contributed to Goldmine magazine from 1986-2006, wrote liner notes for Rhino Records' compilation CD Poptopia!  Power Pop Classics Of The '90s, and for releases by The Flashcubes, The Finkers, Screen Test, 1.4.5., and Jack "Penetrator" Lipton.  I contributed to the books Bubblegum Music Is The Naked Truth, Shake Some Action, Lost In The Grooves, and MusicHound Rock, and to DISCoveries, Amazing Heroes, The Comics Buyer's Guide, Yeah Yeah Yeah, Comics Collector, The Buffalo News, and The Syracuse New Times.  I also wrote the liner notes for the four THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO compilation CDs, because, well, who could stop me?  My standing offer to write liner notes for a Bay City Rollers compilation has remained criminally ignored.  Still intend to write and sell a Batman story someday.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO Flashback: The Forgotten Originals!

The concept of The Forgotten Original!--an earlier version of a song later made more famous by someone else--has been a frequent source of fascination for us almost since the very start of This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl. It was even a weekly feature on the show for a little while. In 2015, we finally followed through with our long-standing wish to devote an entire show to those earlier songs that came before the big hit covers. Ladies and gentlemen: THE FORGOTTEN ORIGINALS!

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For years and years, we've been talking about dedicating an entire radio show to THE FORGOTTEN ORIGINALS!!, playing only original (or at least earlier) versions of songs that later became a bit better-known when someone else re-did 'em.  We finally carried out that vow, and it was worth the wait.  Whatta show!  I KNEW there had to be reason that we kept on hyping this shindig as The Best Three Hours Of Radio On The Whole Friggin' Planet; one really good reason would be the playlist you see below.

NEXT WEEK:  hey, where'd all this new stuff come from?  We've got new music from THE CATHOLIC GIRLS, VEGAS WITH RANDOLPH, NICK PIUNTI, and KURT BAKER, and probably a bunch of other great tunes, too.  IN TWO WEEKS:  a show so great it takes TWO different radio shows to pull it off!  On April 26th, Dana & Carl will join The Wack Pack over on THE WAX MUSEUM WITH RONNIE DARK, and The Wack Pack's invited to join us on TIRnRR after that.  Both shows will spotlight punk, garage, and power pop--with a little added attention to the Syracuse Sound--and the special guest on both shows will be JACK "PENETRATOR" LIPTON, lead singer of Syracuse's only, THE PENETRATORS!  Missing these shows would be unwise.  And this is what THE FORGOTTEN ORIGINALS!! sounded like on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week.

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TIRnRR # 772:  4/12/15  THE FORGOTTEN ORIGINALS!! [brackets note the artist that released the song's better-known version]

THE ISLEY BROTHERS:  "Nobody But Me" (Varese Sarabande, Shake It Up, Baby!) [The Human Beinz]
SAMMY AMBROSE:  "This Diamond Ring" (Ace, VA:  You Heard It Here First!) [Gary Lewis & the Playboys]
THE GREAT SOCIETY:  "Someone To Love" (Sundazed, Born To Be Burned) [Jefferson Airplane]
RACEY:  "Kitty" (Cherry Red, Smash And Grab) [Toni Basil, as "Mickey"]
THE GLADIOLAS:  "Little Darlin'" (Rhino, VA:  The Best Of Excello Records) [The Diamonds]
THE GREEN PAJAMAS:  "Kim The Waitress" (Get Hip, Indian Winter) [Material Issue]
THE NAZZ:  "Hello It's Me" (Sanctuary, Open My Eyes) [Todd Rundgren]
WARREN ZEVON:  "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" (Rhino, Warren Zevon) [Linda Rondstadt]
THE KINGSTON TRIO:  "(The Wreck Of The) 'John B'" (Capitol, The Kingston Trio)[The Beach Boys]
THE ORLONS:  "Don't Throw Your Love Away" (Abkco, The Best Of The Orlons) [The Searchers]
SOLOMON LINDA'S ORIGINAL EVENING BIRDS:  "Mbube" (Ace, VA:  You Heard It Here First!  Volume 2) [The Tokens, as "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"]
DICK HOLLER & THE HOLIDAYS:  "Double Shot" (Herald-Ember, single) [The Swinging Medallions]
RICHIE BARRETT:  "Some Other Guy" (Chrome Dreams, VA:  George Harrison's Jukebox) [The Big Three, The Beatles]
P.P. ARNOLD:  "The First Cut Is The Deepest" (Immediate, The First Cut) [Rod Stewart]
THE GENTRYS:  "Cinnamon Girl" (Charly, VA:  The Great Lost Southern Popsike Trip) [Neil Young]
THE OUTSKIRTS:  "Blue Line" (True Religion, single) [Let's Active]
JAMES RAY:  "I Got My Mind Set On You Pts 1 & 2" (Ace, VA:  You Heard It Here First! Volume 2) [George Harrison]
HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES:  "Don't Leave Me This Way" (Epic, The Essential Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes) [Thelma Houston]
THE DONAYS:  "Devil In His Heart" (Brent, single) [The Beatles]
THE PAUL BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND:  "Mary, Mary" (Elektra, East West) [The Monkees]
RICHARD BERRY & THE PHARAOHS:  "Louie Louie" (Ace, VA:  You Heard It Here First!) [The Kingsmen]
THE KINKS:  "Stop Your Sobbin'" (Essential, Kinks) [The Pretenders]
WILLIE MAE BIG MAMA THORNTON:  "Hound Dog" (Geffen, Hound Dog) [King Elvis I]
THE WILDE KNIGHTS:  "Just Like Me" (Star Bright, single) [Paul Revere & the Raiders]
THE CRICKETS:  "I Fought The Law" (MCA, VA:  Rock Around The Clock) [The Bobby Fuller Four]
SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES:  "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" (Motown, VA:  The Ultimate Rarities Collection 1) [Gladys Knight & the Pips, Marvin Gaye]
THE EXCITERS:  "Do Wah Diddy" (Capitol, Tell Him) [Manfred Mann]
JIGSAW:  "Who Do You Think You Are" (Splash, Anthology) [Candlewick Green, Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods]
OTIS REDDING:  "Hard To Handle" (Rhino, Otis!) [The Black Crowes]
ROBERT GORDON:  "Fire" (Razor & Tie, Red Hot 1977-1981) [The Pointer Sisters]
IRMA THOMAS:  "Time Is On My Side" (Imperial, Wish Someone Would Care) [The Rolling Stones]
THE UNDISPUTED TRUTH:  "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" (Motown, Smiling Faces) [The Temptations]
ELEVENTH HOUR:  "Lady Marmalade" (20th Century, Greatest Hits) [Labelle]
HELLO:  "New York Groove" (Dojo, The Early Years) [Ace Frehley]
THE BRAINS:  "Money Changes Everything" (Mercury, The Brains) [Cyndi Lauper]
THE MOSQUITOS:  "That Was Then, This Is Now" (Valhalla, That Was Then, This Is Now) [The Monkees]
THE EQUALS:  "Police On My Back" (Ice, First Among Equals) [The Clash]
THE DELLS:  "Higher And Higher" (Ace, VA:  You Heard It Here First!  Volume 2) [Jackie Wilson]
MANFRED MANN:  "My Little Red Book" (EMI, The Best Of Manfred Mann) [Love]
THE COOKIES:  "On Broadway" (Sequel, The Complete Cookies) [The Drifters]
THE WILD ONES:  "Wild Thing" (Ace, VA:  You Heard It Here First!) [The Troggs]
THE MOVE:  "Do Ya" (EMI, Great Move!) [Electric Light Orchestra]
BRUCE WOOLLEY & THE CAMERA CLUB:  "Video Killed The Radio Star" (Epic, English Garden) [The Buggles]
PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS:  "I'm Not Your Stepping Stone" (Sundazed, Midnight Ride) [The Monkees]
THE DIRTY WURDS:  "Why" (BFD, VA:  Pebbles Volume 5) [The Stallions]
GLORIA JONES:  "Tainted Love" (Ace, VA:  You Heard It Here First!) [Soft Cell]
TINY BRADSHAW:  "The Train Kept A-Rollin'" (Hallmark, Breakin' Up The House) [The Yardbirds]
THE EVERLY BROTHERS:  "Love Hurts" (Warner Brothers, Walk Right Back) [Nazareth]
GENE PITNEY:  "Hello Mary Lou" (One Way, Ultimate Anthology) [Ricky Nelson]
CAT STEVENS:  "Here Comes My Baby" (Deram, Matthew & Son) [The Tremeloes]
TIM MOORE:  "Rock And Roll Love Letter" (Asylum, Behind The Eyes) [The Bay City Rollers]
ARTHUR ALEXANDER:  "Burning Love" (Warner Brothers, Rainbow Road) [Elvis Presley]
BESSIE BANKS:  "Go Now" (Ace, VA:  You Heard It Here First!) [The Moody Blues]
THE TEXTONES:  "Vacation" (Big Beat, single) [The Go-Go's]
BRINSLEY SCHWARZ:  "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love And Understanding" (United Artists, single) [Elvis Costello & the Attractions]
JOHNNY SMITH:  "Walk, Don't Run!" (Blue Note, Walk, Don't Run!) [The Ventures]