Thursday, November 17, 2016

BEFORE IT WAS A HIT XXXVI: The Twist. Continues next week.
These songs are well known but you may not know about the earlier attempts to score a hit record with prior versions of the same song.
The Twist
 Image result for the twist chubby checker
Chubby Checker scored a global hit with "The Twist" in 1960. The disc not only spent a week at #1, but launched a universal dance craze that remains unrivalled to this day. So popular was the single, that it re-entered the US chart in 1962 and returned to the top, something no other recording has managed to repeat since. Second time around, the single added 2 more weeks to its total time at #1.
Despite being forever associated with Checker, his recording was in fact a remake. The original version was released by the R&B group Hank Ballard & The Midnighters. Their take was the B-side for the single "Teardrops On Your Letter". In 1960, this disc climbed to #28 on the US chart. Checker's version did not stray too far from the sound of the original.

Image result for the twist hank ballard
Each new song will be added to the spotify playlist named: ‘Before It Was A Hit Song’.  You can check out the previous 34 earlier / original versions of the hit songs you know and love.
Red Red Wine
Tainted Love
Killing Me Softly
The Best
Wind Beneath My Wings
Hanging on the Telephone
I Love Rock ‘n Roll
Got My Mind Set On You
Rivers of Babylon
It’s All Coming Back To Me Now
China Girl
I Can’t Stand The Rain
Last Thing On My Mind
Blame It On The Boogie
Do Wah Diddy Diddy
Don’t Leave Me This Way
Rhinestone Cowboy
Pass The Dutchie
Hit The Road Jack
I Want Candy
Whatta Man
Black Magic Woman
Gloria Video Killed The Radio Star
That’s What Friends Are For
Time Is On My Side
Knock On Wood
I Swear
Bette Davis Eyes
It’s Oh So Quiet
Ring of Fire
The playlist and other Caffe` Latte` selections can be found at:

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