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Who Did the Song "I Love Rock n' Roll" First Before Joan Jett?

30 Aug 2017 23:32

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Song: I Love Rock 'n Roll (1982)

Artist: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

Album: I Love Rock 'n Roll (Boardwalk)

Writers: Jake Hooker, Alan Merrill

Joan Jett has had a storied career. Before she was the frontman of her own band, she was a part of the band The Runaways, famous for such songs as "Cherry Bomb." The song she is most known for, however, she did as part of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts: I love Rock 'n Roll. In March 1982 it was a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100. It also hit number one on the Billboard Top Tracks and Hot Dance Club Songs charts. It also charted in six other countries, reaching no. 1 in four of them. It became the band's most requested song on tour, the single itself went platinum, and it is a classic rock radio mainstay to this day. You could not find a bigger hit….

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Who Did the Song 'Wagon Wheel' First Before Darius Rucker?

30 Aug 2017 00:40

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Song: Wagon Wheel (2004)

Artists: Old Crow Medicine Show

Albums: Troubles Up and Down the Road, O.C.M.S.

Writers: Bob Dylan, Ketch Secor

In 2014, Darius Rucker, the singer of Hootie and the Blowfish, won a Grammy Award for Best Country Solo Performance for his recording of the song Wagon Wheel. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot Country chart, and number 15 on the Hot 100, spending 26 weeks on the chart during the Summer of 2013. It's a simple little ditty in which Darius asks his woman to "rock me baby like a wagon wheel." Believe it or not, the song was originally written by Bob Dylan. Or, at least Bob Dylan came up with the initial idea for the song….

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Same As It Ever Was: What Song Is It?

29 Aug 2017 21:11

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Song: Once in a Lifetime (1980)

Artist: Talking Heads

Album: Remain in Light

Writers: David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Jerry Harrison, Brian Eno, Chris Frantz

Same as it ever was, same as it ever was, same as it ever was….

You may find yourself wondering what that catchy but weird song is called where the guy says same as it ever was over and over. Then again, you may find yourself behind the wheel of an exceedingly small automobile but you probably wouldn't Google that. The song in question is actually called Once in a Lifetime and that goofy song is by the Talking Heads….

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Who Did 'Babe I'm Gonna Leave You' First Before Led Zeppelin?

26 Aug 2017 21:13

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Song: Babe I'm Gonna Leave You (1962)

Artists: Joan Baez, Led Zeppelin

Album: In Concert

Writer: Anne Bredon

When you hear Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You by Led Zeppelin, you may not realize that the song started out as a folk song. This in itself is not surprising since Led Zeppelin was heavily influenced by folk. Songs like Black Mountain Side, Ramble On, The Battle of Evermore, and Going to California, among others, exemplify this influence.

Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You was first recorded by Joan Baez on her 1962 album, In Concert….

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It Never Rains In Southern California

22 Aug 2017 20:51

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Song: It Never Rains in Southern California (1972)

Artist: Albert Hammond

Album: It Never Rains In Southern California (Mums)

Writers: Albert Hammond, Mike Hazelwood

It Never Rains in Southern California, believe it or not, was written by an Englishman in rainy London. I wouldn't have pegged it as a number a hit in the U.S., where it hit number five in 1972 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it would have been hard to predict what England thought of it. It turns out they didn't care for it. The English don't give a whit about whether it rains in California. Of course, they should have noted the contradiction in the lyrics: It never rains in Southern California, but girl, don't they warn ya?…It pours….

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