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Who Did It First? (inbunden)

Who Did It First?

Great Pop Cover Songs and Their Original Artists

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In Who Did It First?: Great Pop Cover Songs and Their Original Artists, the second volume in Bob Leszczak's exciting Who Did It First? series, readers explore the hidden history of the most famous, indeed legendary, pop songs and standards. As Leszczak 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. 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.
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This second in a three-volume set by radio personality Leszczak provides an alphabetical list of over 400 songs that other artists covered after the originals were released. Volume 1, Who Did It First?: Great Rhythm and Blues Cover Songs and Their Original Artists, and a forthcoming volume emphasizing rock 'n' roll covers complete the set. Entries list original and cover artists, record labels, release years (1920s-80s), chart positions, and brief song histories, including additional versions. Fifty photographs display record labels and a few performers. Leszczak recommends 'using this book to quiz your friends at a party ... [or] listeners to your radio show, or just [to satisfy] your own insatiable musical curiosity.'. . . .Since works on cover songs (as well as mashups and sampling) are rare, any explorations of this major aspect of popular music are welcome. . . .For comprehensive collections. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and general readers. * CHOICE * An argument settler if ever there was one, Bob Leszczak's Who Did It First: Great Rhythm and Blues Cover Songs and their Original Artists meticulously detailed assessment will help music aficionados set the record straight when it comes to song authorship. Music lovers who have long associated classics like 'Always on My Mind' with Willie Nelson (originally recorded by Brenda Lee) and 'I Will Always Love You' with Whitney Houston (originally recorded and written by Dolly Parton) are in for a surprise when they peruse this encyclopedic collection of cover songs. They'll discover that standards such as 'I Write the Songs,' popularized by Barry Manilow, Kenny Rogers's iconic 'The Gambler,' and even Glen Campbell's hit 'Rhinestone Cowboy' were all first recorded by others. Each entry is briefly detailed with a selection of factoids including chart position, sales numbers, and occasionally a list of additional artists who covered it. . . . Leszczak's sweet spot is pop music from the mid-`50s through the mid-`70s. Fans of those eras will likely find themselves humming many a long-forgotten tune such as 'Red Roses for a Blue Lady' or 'I Write the Songs' as they flip through the pages. * Publishers Weekly * Following up on his recent similarly titled book about rhythm and blues songs, oldies on-air radio personality Leszczak addresses popular songs from the 1920s through the 2000s. For each tune he lists composers, original and most-well-known cover artists, release dates/labels/charting information for both versions and provides a few paragraphs of interesting tidbits, including mention of other covers where applicable, and historical or cultural contexts for the melodies. The book is organized alphabetically by song title with appendixes by topic and a short bibliography. Some illustrations of actual record labels and a few portraits are included. . . . VERDICT Trivia buffs and those interested in the history of popular music will welcome the title; poring over the entries evokes nostalgia for the eras when the songs were getting airplay. * Library Journal * Nearly 450 well-known songs, including 'Always on My Mind,' 'Blue Moon,' 'I Will Always Love You,' and 'If I Had a Hammer,' are profiled in this volume. Songs are arranged alphabetically by title, and each entry lists the composer, the original artist and year of release, the record label and number, and how it ranked on the charts. This is followed by information on the cover: the artist, year of release, record label and number, and how that version ranked on the charts. The narrative for each entry offers a brief history of both the original release and the release that made the song famous, along with other trivia. A must-read for music fans, this is a solid purchase for most circulating collections. * Booklist * Author of the earlier Great Rhythm and Blues Cover Song segment of this planned, three-book series, Leszczak, with his encyclopedic knowledge, provides here the definitive source on the

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Bob Leszczak, author of Single Season Sitcoms, 1948-1979: A Complete Guide (2012), was the writer and producer of Solid Gold Scrapbook, a weekly five-hour music trivia radio show for the United Stations Radio Network hosted by Norm. N. Nite. He also assembled the daily specialty programming for the legendary oldies station WCBS-FM in New York. For more than three decades, he's been an oldies radio on-air personality at a variety of nationally-recognized stations such as WDRC, WMEX, WXTR-FM, WOCL-FM, and WYUU-FM. He is author of Who Did It First? Great Rhythm and Blues Cover Songs and Their Original Artists (Scarecrow, 2013).


List of Illustrations List of Songs Acknowledgments Introduction Songs Appendix: Curiosities Bibliography Index About the Author