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.
It’s the sheer size that matters, 15.000 titles and counting.

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SINKING OF THE REUBEN JAMES, THE


Artist: Almanac Singers
Author: Woody Guthrie/Lee Hays/Millard Lampell
Label: Keynote
Year: 1942

Using the tune of Wildwood Flower (see there). On album Dear Mr. President, produced by Alan Lomax. The USS Reuben James was a US destroyer torpedoed by a German U-boat on October 31, 1941. That's prior to Pearl Harbor, making the USS Reuben James the first US vessel destroyed during WW II. Woody served with the merchand marine. The Reuben James is also the ship targeted in film Red October.

Covers:

1944:

Woody Guthrie [for Asch, released for Folkways in '56]

1958:

Will Geer

1960:

Weavers

1960:

Johnny Horton

1960:

Oscar Brand

1961:

Kingston Trio

1963:

Chad Mitchell Trio

1963:

Cisco Houston

1969:

Country Joe McDonald

1999:

James Talley

2007:

Folk Family Robinson [Black Crowes Chris & Rich Robinson and their father Stan, who recorded for Monument records]

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24-03-2019

WHAT AM I LIVING FOR

Chuck Willis

1958

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24-03-2019

WEES MAAR NIET BOOS

Corry Brokken

1957

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24-03-2019

WE AIN'T GOT NOTHIN' YET

Blues Magoos

1966

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24-03-2019

WALK DON'T RUN

Johnny Smith

1954

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24-03-2019

WEES MAAR NIET BOOS

Corry Brokken

1957

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24-03-2019

SUR LE PONT D'AVIGNON

Rachel De Ruy

1906

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24-03-2019

STRUTTIN' WITH SOME BARBECUE

Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five

1928

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24-03-2019

SINKING OF THE REUBEN JAMES, THE

Almanac Singers

1942

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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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