0568 (Do The) Mashed Potatoes – Nat Kendrick and the Swans (1960)

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James Brown.

This instrumental was recorded by James Brown and his band in 1959. It was released as a single, in two parts, in 1960. For contractual reasons it was released under the name Nat Kendrick and The Swans. Radio DJ Carton “King” Coleman overdubbed lead vocals onto the recording but James Brown’s vocals can still be heard. The single reached number eight in the R&B chart. James Brown recorded Mashed Potatoes U.S.A in 1962. (Do The) Mashed Potatoes was part of the repertoire of  Merseybeat group The Undertakers. They covered the song in 1963. They released it as the B-side to their first single, Everybody Loves A Lover. The Searchers released a live version in 1963 on their album “Sweets For My Sweet” – The Searchers At The Star-Club Hamburg. The song has also been covered by The Kingsmen.

Now Hear This : Mashed Potatoes – The Undertakers (1963)
Mashed Potatoes – The Searchers (1963)

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0566 Think – James Brown (1960)

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Think! Album cover.

Think was written by Lowman Pauling and was first recorded by The “5” Royales in 1957. Their version reached number nine on the R&B chart in America. James Brown and The Famous Flames covered the song in 1960. It was released as a single with You’ve Got The Power on the B-side. The single was James Brown’s first top forty hit. It reached number thirty-three on the Billboard chart. It did better on the R&B chart, reaching number seven. The B-side also charted. The song was also released on the 1960 album of the same name.

James Brown has released two live versions of the song, one in 1963 and another in 1968. He re-recorded the song in 1967 and twice in 1973. Both of his 1973 versions were released as singles with his cover version of Something on the B-side. The song has also been covered by Mick Jagger. Merseybeat group The Undertakers covered the song in 1964. It was released under the name The ‘Takers as the B-side to If You Don’t Come Back.

Now Hear This : Think – The ‘Takers (1964)

0453 Money (That’s What I Want) – Barrett Strong (1959)

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Barrett Strong.

This early single from the Tamla label was written by Janie Bradford and Berry Gordy. It was first recorded in 1959 by Barrett Strong. The B-side was Oh I Apologize. The single was released in the UK on London American Recordings in 1960. The song has been covered by Freddie And The Dreamers, The Rolling Stones and The Kingsmen. Merseybeat group The Searchers covered the song in 1963. King Size Taylor & The Dominoes also covered the song in 1963. The Liverbirds, an all-girl group from Liverpool, covered the song in 1965. A version by Merseybeat group The Undertakers was released in 1996 on the album Undertakers Unearthed.

Two versions have been recorded live at The Star-Club in Hamburg. Jerry Lee Lewis recorded a version that was released on his 1964 album Live at The Star Club, Hamburg. A version by Johnny and The Hurricanes was released in 1980.

Money was part of The Beatles’ repertoire and was sung by John. The song lyrics inspired part of the lyrics to the Johnny Gentle song I’ve Just Fallen For Someone. The song was co-written by John Lennon and Johnny Gentle during their 1960 tour of Scotland. Johnny Gentle released the song as a single in 1962 under the name Darren Young. The Beatles first recorded Money for their Decca audition in 1962. They recorded a studio version in 1963 and it was released on their album With The Beatles. They performed the song six times for BBC radio and one version was released in 2013 on On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2. A second version was also released in 2013 on The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963. An alternate version (RM 7 Undubbed) was also released on The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963. They performed the song live and a live version recorded for Swedish radio in 1963 was released in 1995 on Anthology 1. The single was on both John Lennon’s 1965 jukebox and George Harrison’s 1966 jukebox. The Beatles also played the song during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. John Lennon performed the song live in 1969. That version was released on the album Live Peace In Toronto.

Now Hear This : I’ve Just Fallen For Someone – Darren Young (1962)
Money – The Searchers (1963)
Money – King Size Taylor & The Dominoes (1963)
Money (That’s What I Want) – The Beatles (1963)
Money – The Liverbirds (1965)
Money (That’s What I Want) – John Lennon (1969)
Money (That’s What I Want) – The Beatles (1995)
Money – The Undertakers (1996)
Money (That’s What I Want) – The Beatles (2013)
Money (That’s What I Want) – The Beatles (2013)
Money (That’s What I Want) (RM 7 Undubbed) – The Beatles (2013)

0452 Leave My Kitten Alone – Little Willie John (1959)

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Little Willie John.

This R&B song was written by Little Willie John, James McDougal and Titus Turner. It was first recorded by Little Willie John in 1959. It was released as a single with Let Nobody Love You on the B-side. It reached number thirteen on the R&B chart. The song was covered by Johnny Preston in 1960. Both versions failed to chart in the UK. The Beatles made it part of their repertoire. They recorded a version of the song in 1964 during the Beatles For Sale sessions. It wasn’t released at the time and was later released on Anthology 1 in 1995. A version by Merseybeat group The Undertakers was released in 1996 on the album Undertakers Unearthed.

Now Hear This : Leave My Kitten Alone – The Beatles (1995)
Leave My Kitten Alone – The Undertakers (1996)

0256 Little Demon – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (1956)

Screamin' Jay Hawkins.

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.

This song was the B-side to Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ single I Put A Spell On You. The single sold over a million copies but failed to make the R&B or pop charts in America. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins was a pioneer of shock rock and his stage act began with him emerging from a coffin. Merseybeat group The Undertakers would dress as undertakers on stage and their amps were made to look like coffins. The Beatles played Little Demon during the Let It Be sessions in 1969.

0231 Slippin’ And Slidin’ – Little Richard (1956)

Little Richard with Dick Clark and a photo of himself with The Beatles.

Little Richard with Dick Clark and a photo of himself with The Beatles.

The B-side to Long Tall Sally, Slippin’ And Sliddin’ was first recorded under the name I’m Wise by Eddie Bo in 1956. It was recorded by Little Richard the same year with it’s new title. The song was part of the repertoire of Meserybeat groups The Undertakers and Kingsize Taylor and The Dominos. A live version by Kingsize Taylor and The Dominos was recorded at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany and later released on the album Live Im Star-Club Hamburg Volume 2.

English singer Dickie Pride covered the song in 1959 and released it as a single. Paul McCartney like Dickie Pride and later said “Dickie Pride was great”. Buddy Holly also covered the song and both versions appeared on John Lennon’s 1965 jukebox. The Bealtes played the song during the Let It Be sessions in 1969. John Lennon would record his own version in 1975 for his Rock ‘n’ Roll album. He also performed the song on the TV special Salute To Sir Lew – The Master Showman in 1975.

Now Hear This : Slippin’ And Slidin’ – John Lennon (1975)
Slippin’ And Slidin’ – Kingsize Taylor and The Dominos (1979)