Written by John Marascalco and producer Robert ‘Bumps’ Blackwell, this was recorded by Little Richard in October 1956 but the first release was by the Valiants in 1957. Little Richard’s … Continue readingLittle Richard: Good Golly Miss Molly
Young wrote this for his 1970 album After the Gold Rush. Released as a single it reached No 33 in the US.
Written by Jagger and Richards, this is the opening track on the 1969 album Let it Bleed. It was never released as a single but in 2021 it was ranked at … Continue readingRolling Stones: Gimme Shelter
This was written by Boudleaux Bryant. The Everlys recorded it on February 18, 1960 for their album The Fabulous Style of the Everly Brothers which was released that spring. Like Strangers was released as … Continue readingThe Everly Brothers: Like Strangers
When I was writing about Bobby Vee’s Devil or Angel https://am-records.com/2022/08/02/bobby-vee-devil-or-angel/ yesterday, I came across this one which I had forgotten. I think it’s a lot better, a kind of paradigm of pop … Continue readingBobby Vee: How Many Tears
This was written by Blanche Carter, described online as an ‘amateur songwriter’, and first released by the Clovers in 1955. Bobby Vee recorded it in 1960 and took it to … Continue readingBobby Vee: Devil or Angel
This was written by Drifters lead singer Ben E King under his real name Benjamin Earl Nelson, Lover Patterson and the group’s manager George Treadwell. It was recorded on March … Continue readingThe Drifters: There Goes My Baby
This was written by group members Ian Eyre, Sonja Kristina and Darryl Way for their Second Album. It was released as a single in July 1971 and reached No 4 in … Continue readingCurved Air: Back Street Luv
Written and produced by Motown’s main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland, this was the Supremes’ first No 1 hit in the States. It reached No 3 in Britain.
This was written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant and recorded by the Everlys on August 17, 1957. It was released on September 2, reaching No 1 in the States and … Continue readingEverly Brothers: Wake up Little Susie