1307 Mohair Sam – Charlie Rich (1965)

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Mohair Sam.

This song was written by Dallas Frazier. It was first recorded by Charlie Rich in 1965. It was released as a single with I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water on the B-side. It reached number twenty-one on the Billboard chart. The single was on Elvis Presley’s jukebox and was played when The Beatles visited him in 1965. The single was also on George Harrison’s 1966 jukebox. Liverpudlian singer Lee Curtis recorded the song in 1966 and released it as the B-side to his single Kelly.

Now Hear This : Mohair Sam – Lee Curtis (1966)

0902 Let’s Stomp – Bobby Comstock (1962)

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Bobby Comstock.

This song was written by Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein and Richard Gottehrer. It was recorded by Bobby Comstock in 1962. It was released as a single with I Want To Do It on the B-side. It went to number fifty-seven on the Billboard chart. The single was released in the UK in 1963. The song was part of The Searchers’ repertoire. A live version recorded at The Iron Door in 1963 was released on the 2002 album The Iron Door Sessions. Lee Curtis and The All Stars recorded the song in 1963 and released it as a single. The track features Pete Best on drums.

Now Hear This : Let’s Stomp – Lee Curtis And The All Stars (1963)
Let’s Stomp – The Searchers (1963)

0901 Mickey’s Monkey – The Miracles (1963)

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Mickey’s Monkey.

This song was written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland in 1963. It was first recorded by The Miracles. It was released as a single with Whatever Makes You Happy on the B-side. It went to number eight on the Billboard Chart and number three on the R&B Chart. Lee Curtis And The All-Stars recorded the song in 1965. It was released on their album It’s Lee. The song has also been recorded by The Hollies.

Now Hear This : Mickey’s Monkey – Lee Curtis And The All-Stars (1965)

0843 Funiculi, Funicula – Denza/Turco (1880)

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Luigi Denza.

This song was written by Luigi Denza and Peppino Turco in 1880. Robert Sherman and Richard Sherman wrote new lyrics to the tune in 1961 and titled the song Dream Boy. Dream Boy was recorded by Annette Funicello and released as a single. Funiculi, Funicula has been recorded by Mitch Miller And The Gang, Mario Lanza, Connie Francis, and Tony Mottola among others. The song was part of Lee Curtis and The All-Stars’ repertoire and was played in a rock style.

0842 Ritual Fire Dance – Falla (1915)

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Manuel de Falla.

Ritual Fire Dance was written by Manuel de Falla in 1915 for the ballet The Bewitched Love. It was influenced by Flight Of The Bumblebee, written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in 1899-1900. The Boston Pops Orchestra recorded the song in 1949 and released it as the B-side to Jalousie (Jealousy). The song has also been recorded by Roger Williams, Les Baxter, and Gene Krupa among others. The song was part of Lee Curtis and The All-Stars repertoire and was played in a rock style.

0723 Where Have All The Flowers Gone – The Kingston Trio (1961)

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The Kingston Trio.

The first three verses of this folk song were written by Pete Seeger in 1955. Additional verses were added by Joe Hickerson in 1960. Pete Seegar was inspired by the Cossacks folk song Koloda-Duda. The song was first recorded by Pete Seeger in 1960. The Kingston Trio covered the song in 1961. It was released as a single with O Ken Karanga on the B-side. It was released in the UK in 1962. The Searchers covered the song in 1963 and released it on their album Meet The Searchers. Lee Curtis & The All-Stars covered the song in 1965. Their version was released on the album Star-Club Show 3.

Now Hear This : Where Have All The Flowers Gone – The Searchers (1963)
Where Have All The Flowers Gone – Lee Curtis & The All-Stars (1965)

0693 Irresistible You – Bobby Darin (1961)

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Irresistible You.

This song was written by Al Kasha and Luther Dixon in 1960. It was first recorded by Bobby Peterson. Bobby Darin covered the song in 1961. It was released as the B-side to Multiplication. The single reached number five in the UK singles chart. The song has also been recorded by The Shirelles. Lee Curtis and The All-Stars covered the song in 1965. It was released on the album It’s Lee.

Now Hear This : Irresistible You – Lee Curtis And The All-Stars (1965)

0682 Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley (1961)

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Movie poster for Blue Hawaii.

This song was written by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore and George David Weiss. The melody is based on the French love song Plaisir d’amour. Plaisir d’amour was written in 1784 by Jean-Paul-Egide Martini. It was recorded by Bert Kaempfert in 1960 and Joan Baez in 1961. Can’t Help Falling In Love was first recorded by Elvis Presley in 1961. His version was released as a single with Rock-A-Hula Baby on the B-side. It featured in his film Blue Hawaii and also appeared on the soundtrack album. The song has also been recorded by Perry Como, The Lennon Sisters, Doris Day and Patti Page. Lee Curtis and The All-Stars recorded the song in 1965 and their version was released on the album Star Club Show 3. Part of the song is used in The Who song Real Good Looking Boy. Zak Starkey plays drums on the song.

Now Hear This : Can’t Help Falling In Love – Lee Curtis And The All-Stars (1965)
Real Good Looking Boy – The Who (2004)

0671 Little Egypt (Ying-Yang) – The Coasters (1961)

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Coast Along With The Coasters.

Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller wrote this song in 1961. It was first recorded by The Coasters and was released as a single with Keep On Rolling on the B-side. It reached number twenty-three on the Billboard chart and number sixteen on the R&B chart. It was later released on The Coasters’ 1962 album Coast Along With The Coasters. The song has also been recorded by Elvis Presley. Lee Curtis And The All-Stars recorded the song in 1965 and it was released on the album It’s Lee.

Now Hear This : Little Egypt  – Lee Curtis And The All-Stars (1965)

0669 Stand By Me – Ben E. King (1961)

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Paul McCartney with James Brown and Ben E. King.

Stand By Me was written by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It was inspired by the spiritual Lord Stand By Me, also known as Stand By Me Father. That song was recorded by Sister Rosetta Tharpe in 1941. Ben E. King recorded Stand By Me in 1961. It was released as a single with On The Horizon on the B-side. It went to number one on the R&B singles chart and number four on the Billboard chart. In the UK it made number twenty-seven on the Singles chart. It was added to The Beatles’ repertoire and was sung by John Lennon. It became his “big ballad”. The Beatles played the song during the Let It Be sessions in 1969.

John Lennon recorded the song in 1973 for his album Rock ‘n’ Roll. The album was released in 1975. It was also released as a single. John Lennon also played the song during a jam session in 1974. The session included Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Harry Nilsson among others. He played the song again later that year during a jam session with Mick Jagger.

George Harrison and Ringo Starr performed the song live with Ben E. King at The Prince’s Trust Concert in 1987. They were joined on stage by Phil Collins, Jeff Lynne, Eric Clapton, Elton John, and Jools Holland among others. They performed the song live with Ben E. King again in 1988 at the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame concert. On that occasion they were joined on stage by Julian Lennon, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Elton John, and Billy Joel among others. In 2000 Paul McCartney performed Stand By Me with Ben E. King at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Concert. They were joined on stage by James Brown, James Taylor, and Brian Wilson among others.

The Searchers covered the song in 1963. Their version was released on the album Meet The Searchers. Lee Curtis And The All-Stars covered the song in 1965 and released it on the album It’s Lee. The song has also been performed live by Julian Lennon.

Now Hear This : Stand By Me – The Searchers (1963)
Stand By Me – Lee Curtis And The All-Stars (1965)
Stand By Me – John Lennon (1975)