Who Did It First?: Great Pop Cover Songs And Their Original Artists by Bob LeszczakWho Did It First?: Great Pop Cover Songs And Their Original Artists by Bob Leszczak

Who Did It First?: Great Pop Cover Songs And Their Original Artists

byBob Leszczak

Hardcover | March 13, 2014

Pricing and Purchase Info

$51.69 online 
$55.95 list price save 7%
Earn 258 plum® points
Quantity:

Ships within 3-5 weeks

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores

about

"Everybody has to start somewhere. Businessmen start on the ground floor and try to work their way up the corporate ladder. Baseball players bide their time in the minor leagues wishing for an opportunity to move up and play in the majors. Musical compositions aren't very different-some songs just don't climb the charts the first time they're recorded. However, with perseverance, the ideal singer, the right chemistry, impeccable timing, vigorous promotion, and a little luck, these songs can become very famous." So writes Bob Leszczak in the opening pages of Who Did It First? Great Pop Cover Songs and Their Original Artists. In this second volume in the Who Did It First? series, Leszczak explores the hidden history of the most famous, indeed legendary, pop songs and standards. As he points out, the version you purchased, swayed to, sang to, and grew up with is often not the first version recorded. Like wine and cheese, some tunes do get better with age, and behind each there is a story. Included are little-known facts and amusing anecdotes, often gathered through Leszczak's vast archive of personal interviews with the singers and songwriters, record producers and label owners, who wrote, sang, recorded, and distributed either the original first cut or one of its classic covers.The second in a series of titles devoted to the story of great songs and their revival as great covers, Who Did It First? Great Pop Cover Songs and Their Original Artists is the perfect playlist builder. So whether quizzing friends at a party, answering a radio station contest, or just satisfying an insatiable curiosity to know who really did do it first, this work is a must-have.
Bob Leszczak, author of Single Season Sitcoms, 1948-1979: A Complete Guide (2012), was the writer and producer of Solid Gold Scrapbook, a weekly five-hour music trivia radio show for the United Stations Radio Network hosted by Norm. N. Nite. He also assembled the daily specialty programming for the legendary oldies station WCBS-FM in N...
Loading
Title:Who Did It First?: Great Pop Cover Songs And Their Original ArtistsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:318 pages, 9.22 × 6.39 × 1.07 inPublished:March 13, 2014Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1442230673

ISBN - 13:9781442230675

Look for similar items by category:

Reviews

Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsList of SongsAcknowledgmentsIntroductionSongsAppendix: CuriositiesBibliographyIndexAbout the Author

Editorial Reviews

[Who Did It First: Great Pop Cover Songs and Their Original Artists, Who Did It First: Great Rhythm and Blues Cover Songs and Their Original Artists, Who Did It First: Great Rock and Roll Cover Songs and Their Original Artists] are well organized, and everything is readily accessible. . . .[T]hese are outstanding books from which any lover of popular music, from the neophyte to the most advanced, will gain much knowledge and enjoyment.