Me and Bobby McGee: Who Did It First Before Janis Joplin?

Song: Me and Bobby McGee (1969) Artist: Roger Miller Writers: Kris Kristofferson, Fred Foster Me and Bobby McGee has certainly made the rounds. It has been recorded or performed so many times by so many musicians to try to list them all would just invite endless corrections and offers of the “best” version. Sorry, no, … Read more

Evil Woman: Who Recorded It Before Black Sabbath?

Song: Evil Woman Don’t Play Your Games With Me (1969) Artist: Crow Writers: Larry Wiegand, Dick Wiegand, Dave Wagner Album: Crow Music Most people probably know the song, Evil Woman Don’t Play Your Games With Me from the cover done by Black Sabbath, under the song name Evil Woman. The original, however, was released by the band Crow, … Read more

Get Your Motor Running!

Song: Born to Be Wild (1968) Artist: Steppenwolf Album: Steppenwolf/ Music from the Easy Rider Soundtrack Writer: Mars Bonfire (a.k.a Dennis Edmonton, a.k.a. Dennis Eugene McCrohan) Born to Be Wild is an anthem to motorcycle clubs and, for that matter, many heavy metal fans. It is one of the songs by Steppenwolf to appear in the … Read more

I Can’t See Me Lovin Nobody But You

The Turtles 1967

Song: Happy Together (1967) Artist: The Turtles Album: Happy Together (Sundazed Records) The lyrics “I Can’t See Me Lovin’ Nobody But You” are featured in the song Happy Together as prominently, if not more so, than the lyrics of the title, so many people mistake this for the name of the song. Today, we might consider this … Read more

Everybody Look What’s Goin Down

Buffalo Springfield

Song: For What It’s Worth (1967) Artist: Buffalo Springfield Album: Buffalo Springfield (Atco) Buffalo Springfield has had a tremendous influence on folk-rock, and the so-called “California Sound.” Two of their members, Stephen Stills and Neil Young, are today musical icons and they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Yet, … Read more

Please Share My Umbrella – What Song Is It?

The Hollies, 1964

Song: Bus Stop (1966) Artist: Hollies Album: Bus Stop (Imperial) Written by Graham Gouldman, the opening lyrics of Bus Stop, are “Bus stop, wet day, she’s there, I say please share my umbrella.” The Hollies, however, were co-founded by another famous Graham, Graham Nash, of Crosby, Stills and Nash, along with his friend Alan Clarke, who … Read more