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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THEY KILLED THE KING


Artist: Mel Turner
Author: Bobbejaan Schoepen/Mel Turner
Label: Bobbejaan Records
Year: 1968

Written and recorded in the wake of the killing of Dr. Martin Luther King in Memphis, TN. By the time this single was released Bobby Kennedy had just been murdered, so his picture was added on the sleeve.

Covers:

2014:

Sam Moore [as They Killed A King, also on Bobbejaan Records and recorded in the Royal Studio in Memphis with slightly altered lyrics]

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WHEN THE TRAIN COMES ALONG

Odette & Ethel

1926

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THOU BONNIE WOOD O' CRAIGIELEA

Thomas Bulch

1893

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THEY KILLED THE KING

Mel Turner

1968

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SWEET ALBERTA

Jackson Blue Boys

1929

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THEY KILLED THE KING

Mel Turner

1968

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ALBERTA

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NIGHT TRAIN TO MEMPHIS

Roy Acuff & His Smoky Mountain Boys

1942

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GOT TO GET YOU OFF MY MIND

Solomon Burke

1965

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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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