With Martin Carthy on lp That's Not The Way It's Got To Be. Subtitle: The Diggers Song. About a group of Quakers who in 1649 collectively decided to cultivate common land on St. George's Hill (near Woking), while also proclaming a Declaration From The Poor Oppressed People Of England. By 1650 their rebellion was broken. St. George's Hill is a gated community these days. Ringo Starr lives there.
In 1941 Rosselson arranged 17th century Diggers ballad Stand Up Now You Noble Diggers All by Gerrard Winstanley, also gecovered by Chumbawamba (1988).
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.
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.