RIP Herb Reed. The last Platter passed away on June 4 at 83. Enjoy this one and remember one of the classics. One of the great voices of the time.
I am trying to create an official award logo for this series. I am having a blast finding these, then finding the videos to go with the answers. Having said that, I don’t want to wear out the fun so will be changing up a bit on the presentation. How?? I have no flipping idea. I’m sure I’ll have an epiphany at some point.
Anyway on to the answers and a new question.
The previous question was:
First the cover version. I kind of shudder when I hear this song as all I can think of is hair, lots of hair, and really goofy pants.
Tainted Love – Soft Cell
And now the winner. Rebecca2000 guessed correctly that it was Gloria Jones. She receives 17 bajillion points cause she is new to the blog and I kind of like her. I will be emailing you the prize catalogue from which you can choose to spend your points. You need only pay shipping and handling.
No one guessed that it was written by Ed Cobb so no bonus points awarded.
Gloria Jones – The Original
And now a new question for you to ponder. This question is very subjective, and there might be more than one right answer. Who is (or might be) the most disgusting act in music today. This one is for no points and no prizes, just curious to see if you find anything more ridiculous than the one I have chosen.
- Song of the day: Gloria Jones – Tainted Love (thefword.org.uk)
My last question from what seems like weeks ago (and was):
Q: Who wrote and recorded the first version of “Respect“?
The answer though is, Otis Redding. He wrote and recorded this in 1965. You can find it on his album “Otis Blue“. The song was not released as a single. When Otis heard Aretha’s version, his comment was “That little girl stole my song”.
Here is Otis singing his song.
Now for a new trivia question to ponder until I pop in again with a new one.
Q: Everyone knows the George Harrison song “Got My Mind Set On You”. Who originally recorded it. For bonus points, who wrote it.
- Aretha Franklin – Aretha Franklin Inducted Into Gospel Music Hall Of Fame (contactmusic.com)
Sweet Joe Russell died on May 5. Best known as a singer for The Persuasions, Joe recorded 22 albums with the group. Strange as it sounds, frank Zappa discovered them and was responsible for their first recording. The group was a capella and recorded songs by such diverse people as Elvis Presley and The Grateful Dead. The clip here covers The Everly Brothers tune, “Dream” and an old gospel song “Somewhere To Lay My Head”. Love this era of music. Very diverse and very fresh, at the time.
Trivia Question of the Day
What was the first album released on CD?
The last Question answered
Q: Who was the first British musician to have a #1 single in the USA.
A: Mr Acker Bilt. He topped the charts in 1962 with “Stranger On The Shore”
Stranger On The Shore
- ‘Sweet Joe’ Russell, tenor with the Persuasions, dies at 72 (bangordailynews.com)