A new version on Paramount shortly after. Lyric essence from Ma Rainey's Lost Wandering Blues ('24).
Lead Belly [session in Angola Prison, along with a version of Blind Lemon Blues]
Carl Perkins [as Matchbox; following Roy Newman and Roy Shaffer rather than Blind Lemon Jefferson]
Jerry Lee Lewis [idem]
Beatles [on Beatles For Sale with Carl Perkins present]
Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash [with Carl Perkins]
Swing Cats [as Matchbox]
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).
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.