The Originals - Prequel of the hits


All songs tracing back to an earlier recording than the most reliable one, represented from the first version released to the latest cover, that’s The Originals, musical resource database since 1982. No limit, no nonsense, no mercy. Next time your kids take ersatz for genuine, here’s what you hold up against them.
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MATCHBOX BLUES


Artist: Blind Lemon Jefferson
Author: Lemon Jefferson
Label: Okeh
Year: 1927

A new version on Paramount shortly after. Lyric essence from Ma Rainey's Lost Wandering Blues ('24).

Covers:

1934:

Larry Henseley

1934:

Lead Belly [session in Angola Prison, along with a version of Blind Lemon Blues]

1939:

Roy Newman & His Boys

1939:

Roy Shaffer

1957:

Carl Perkins [as Matchbox; following Roy Newman and Roy Shaffer rather than Blind Lemon Jefferson]

1958:

Jerry Lee Lewis [idem]

1960:

Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks

1964:

Beatles [on Beatles For Sale with Carl Perkins present]

1969:

Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash [with Carl Perkins]

1976:

Matchbox

1979:

Dr. Feelgood

1983:

Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan

1995:

Tab Benoit

1999:

Swing Cats [as Matchbox]

2003:

Guy Davis

2003:

Janiva Magness

2013:

Willie Nelson

When Carl Perkins recorded Matchbox, with Jerry Lee Lewis on piano, Elvis dropped by to say hello at Sun. Sam Phillips, always alert, contacted Johnny Cash to drop by as well and once he was in that famous picture was taken and the so-called Million Dollar Quartet session took place (without Johnny Cash who just stayed for the picture).

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12-07-2020

CROSS ROAD BLUES

Robert Johnson

1936

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12-07-2020

AIN'T IT A PITY AND A SHAME

Peetie Wheatstraw

1930

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04-07-2020

YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL

George McCrae

1974

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04-07-2020

WRECK OF THE EDMUND FITZGERALD

Gordon Lightfoot

1976

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04-07-2020

YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL

George McCrae

1974

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04-07-2020

WHY DON'T YOU DO ME RIGHT

Mothers Of Invention

1967

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04-07-2020

VISIT CROATIA

Alabaster DePlume

2020

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04-07-2020

UNFORGETTABLE

Nat King Cole

1951

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Book


The Originals - Prequel of the hits

This ongoing search for the origins of all popular songs imaginable has been bundled in books over the years, four in Dutch, all sold out. Now here's a first edition in English, and the good thing is: you don't need those old versions, for all information still standing and relevant from former editions is encapsulated into this new volume, like Russian babooshka puppets.

The Originals - Prequel of the Hits holds everything, no less. Pure content. Details the lifespan of some 12.000 music titles, all traced back to their earliest manifestation, predating hit version(s) and other relevant covers.

The new book is available at www.epo.be.

On the air


In February 1982 a two hour radio show was first aired from Brussels, with nothing but the original versions of hits of the day. Made for a change for Soft Cell's Tainted Love, Capt. Sensible's Happy Talk, Fun Boy Three & Bananarama's It Ain't What You Do and Sting's Spread A Little Happiness. Instead of sifting through average early eighties TOTP regulars, in came the mid sixties, late forties, thirties and even twenties, linking a Northern soul classic to a Rodgers & Hammerstein composition, a Jimmie Lunceford theme song and a West End showtune from musical Mr. Cinders.

That was only the beginning. Soon as The Originals' own bag o' goodies ran out, audience participation filled it up again and never stopped doing so. 582 separate The Originals radio shows followed, and counting.

Contact


If you noticed blunt omissions, mis-interpretations or even out-and-out errors, please let us know by contacting us:

Arnold Rypens
Rozenlaan 65
B-2840 Reet (Rumst)

info@originals.be

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