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Artist: Andrew Loog Oldham Orchestra
Track: The Last Time
Album: The Rolling Stones Songbook
Year: 1960’s
Theme: Original versions

Technically speaking, this is the original 1960’s version of Bittersweet Symphony (as sampled and interpreted by the Verve), which is now owned by the Glimmer Twins. Read all about it here.

  • Track: The Last Time
  • Artist: Andrew Loog Oldham Orchestra
  • Plays: 68

Artist: The Shirelles
Track: Baby It’s You
Album: 45 rpm single
Year: 1961
Theme: Original Versions

One more. A short set with a theme within the theme. Though The Beatles influenced the world over with their music, here are some artists that maybe influenced them, at least enough to be honored by a cover version.

Baby It’s You, covered by The Beatles on their Vee Jay LP Introducing… The Beatles.

And later on their Capitol LP The Early Beatles

My second favorite version of this song is by The Beatles, my first is still by the group called Smith. I’ll post it next on my blog.

  • Track: Baby It's You
  • Artist: The Shirelles
  • Plays: 30

Artist: Arthur Alexander
Track: Anna
Album: 45 rpm single
Year: 1962
Theme: Original Versions

A short set with a theme within the theme. Though The Beatles influenced the world over with their music, here are some artists that maybe influenced them, at least enough to be honored by a cover version.

Anna, covered by The Beatles on their Vee Jay LP Introducing… The Beatles.

And later on the Capitol release, The Early Beatles.

I’ll end with this one, a top favorite Beatles’ cover, second only to Till There Was You, which the original version does little for me, so I omitted it from this set. Anna has Lennon written all over it thematically, think Run For You Life, You Can’t Do That, and even Jealous Guy. He probably chose to cover this one himself so early on.

  • Track: Anna
  • Artist: Arthur Alexander
  • Plays: 20

Artist: The Top Notes
Track: Twist And Shout
Album: 45 rpm single
Year: 1961
Theme: Original Versions

A short set with a theme within the theme. Though The Beatles influenced the world over with their music, here are some artists that maybe influenced them, at least enough to be honored by a cover version.

Though the Isley Brothers had the first hit with this song in 1962 and probably influenced the Beatles to cover it, the original was by this obscure Doo Wop vocal group a year earlier in 1961. An early Phil Spector project too. Check it.

  • Track: Twist And Shout
  • Artist: The Top Notes
  • Plays: 26

Artist: Dr. Feelgood And The Interns
Track: Mr. Moonlight
Album: 45 rpm single
Year: 1961
Theme: Original Versions

A short set with a theme within the theme. Though The Beatles influenced the world over with their music, here are some artists that maybe influenced them, at least enough to be honored by a cover version.

Mr Moonlight, covered by The Beatles on their Beatles 65 LP

  • Track: Mr Moonlight
  • Artist: Dr Feelgood And The Interns
  • Plays: 16

Artist: Lenny Welch
Track: A Taste Of Honey
Album: 45 rpm single
Year: 1962
Theme: Original Versions

A short set with a theme within the theme. Though The Beatles influenced the world over with their music, here are some artists that maybe influenced them, at least enough to be honored by a cover version.

Though originally an instrumental song, I believe the first lyrical version was by Lenny Welch.  A Taste Of Honey, covered by The Beatles on their Vee Jay LP Introducing… The Beatles.

  • Track: A Taste Of Honey
  • Artist: Lenny Welch
  • Plays: 10

Artist: Carl Perkins
Track: Matchbox
Album: 45 rpm single
Year: 1957
Theme: Original Versions

A short set with a theme within the theme. Though The Beatles influenced the world over with their music, here are some artists that maybe influenced them, at least enough to be honored by a cover version.

Matchbox, covered by The Beatles on their Something New LP.

  • Track: Matchbox
  • Artist: Carl Perkins
  • Plays: 370

Artist: Larry Williams
Track: Slow Down
Album: 45 rpm single
Year: 1958
Theme: Original Versions

A short set with a theme within the theme. Though The Beatles influenced the world over with their music, here are some artists that maybe influenced them, at least enough to be honored by a cover version.

Slow Down, covered by The Beatles on the flip-side of their Matchbox  (also a cover) 45 rpm single.

  • Track: Slow Down
  • Artist: Larry Williams
  • Plays: 488