On lp Chronicles. Priscilla is the sister of coauthor Rita Coolidge, who wrote this song in 1970 on a riff provided by her friend Jim Gordon. She shelved the demo but coauthor Gordon as member of Derek & The Dominos showed the same riff to Eric Clapton during the Layla sessions later that year. Eric decided to ad it as the famous instrumental piano coda to the lead song, not crediting Rita Coolidge who only wrote the words to Time. Sure, respecting the rules Layla should earn the original status, beating the first official Time with three full years, but there are exceptions. Sympathy for Rita Coolidge (not credited for Layla) is only part of the reason, the striking resemblance of the tune confirms it must have been older.
Derek & The Dominos [piano coda in Layla, played by co-author Jim Gordon, clearly follows Time's melody]
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, and counting.