Who Did House of the Rising Sun First Before the Animals?

Song: House of the Rising Sun (1964) Artist: The Animals Label: Columbia Writer: Traditional (arrangement by The Animals, et al.) House of the Rising Sun Original? The tune most identified with the animals was not written entirely by them and yet was not a cover. House of the Rising Sun, also known as Rising Sun … Read more

You Got The Way To Make Me Happy – Cracklin Rosie

Song: Cracklin’ Rosie (1970) Artist: Neil Diamond Album: Tap Root Manuscript Writer: Neil Diamond Oh, I love my Rosie child, She got the way to make me happy, You and me, we go in style. Cracklin’ Rosie wasn’t Neil Diamond’s first hit, as a writer, that is. He first topped the charts with “I’m a … 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

What Song Goes In a Big Country Dreams Stay With You?

Big Country Album Cover

Song: In a Big Country (1983) Artist: Big Country Album: The Crossing (Mercury) When you hear the song In a Big Country you might think the band Irish, but Big Country was actually a Scottish group. They rose to great heights at a time when music was dominated by “new wave,” like Duran Duran, The Human League, … Read more

Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right

Stuck in the Middle With You, Stealers Wheel

Song: Stuck in the Middle With You (1972) Artist: Stealers Wheel Album: Stealers Wheel (A&M) You may know the song Stuck in the Middle with You from the ear-slicing scene in Reservoir Dogs (1993). It was the only big hit by the Scottish folk-rock band Stealers Wheel, in 1973, appearing on their self-titled album Stealers Wheel, climbing … Read more