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

Who Did ‘Babe I’m Gonna Leave You’ First Before Led Zeppelin?

Song: Babe I’m Gonna Leave You (1962) Artists: Joan Baez, Led Zeppelin Album: In Concert Writer: Anne Bredon When you hear Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You by Led Zeppelin, you may not realize that the song started out as a folk song. This in itself is not surprising since Led Zeppelin was heavily influenced by folk. Songs … 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

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

What Song Goes “In 1814 We Took a Little Trip”

Spectacular Johnny Horton album cover

Song: The Battle of New Orleans (1958) Artist: Johnny Horton Album: The Spectacular Johnny Horton (Columbia) The Battle of New Orleans was a huge country/folk hit in 1959 for Texas-born Johnny Horton, sometimes known as the “singing fisherman.” After an already successful singing career, he had been signed to Columbia in the late 1950s and in 1957 … Read more