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Friday random ten: Revisiting the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs list, part 19

Here’s their list.

1. Anarchy In The U.K. – The Sex Pistols (#56)
2. Long Tall Sally – The Beatles (orig. Little Richard, #55)
3. Louie, Louie – The MOB (orig. The Kingsmen, #54)
4. When Doves Cry – Kris McKay (orig. Prince, #52)
5. The Tracks Of My Tears – Smokey Robinson and The Miracles (#50)
6. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon and Garfunkel (#48; also covers by Aretha Franklin and Johnny Cash)
7. All Along The Watchtower – U2 (orig. Jimi Hendrix, #47)
8. Georgia On My Mind – Ray Charles (#44; also a version by Gene Krupa)
9. That’ll Be The Day – The Beatles (orig. Buddy Holly, #39)
10. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ – The Righteous Brothers (#34; also covers by Phosphorescent and Hall & Oates)

Song I don’t have but should: “When A Man Loves A Woman”, Percy Sledge (#53). If the words “Michael Bolton” even come into your head when you hear this song title, I’m not sure we can be friends.
Song I used to have but don’t any more: “Hotel California”, The Eagles (#49). I’ve had it on cassette at least twice, once a retail tape and once a recording from vinyl. Never had a digital version of it, though. Maybe I should get the Gipsy Kings version.
Song that I didn’t realize started out as filthy: “Tutti Frutti”, Little Richard (#43). Go click the link above and find the entry. Apparently, the Asylum Street Spankers were paying homage to it in their classic “The Scrotum Song”.

Have I ever mentioned that The MOB once got to perform “Louie, Louie” during a halftime show with the actual by-god Kingsmen? That is a definite highlight of my life. Of course Bob Dylan did the actual original of “All Along The Watchtower”, but who has ever heard that version? As the Rolling Stone summary of the tune notes, Dylan has toured with and recorded Hendrix versions of his song.

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  1. Robbie Westmoreland says:

    I’ve heard the original Dylan recording of Watchtower. That’s ROM in my brain that I’ll never recover.

    If you want an Eagles rendition of Hotel California, hunt up the Hell Freezes Over live acoustic performance. Or here, check this one.