A damn fine music critic, and very good friend of mine, was recently expressing her absolute amazement that a certain song that she'd heard was not the original. We then discussed this strange phenomena of today's generation not knowing anything about the versions of songs that preceded them on this planet and naturally enough, one thing led to another and before I knew it, I was bewildered to find that I was in the same boat concerning so many songs that I thought were originals .... but they weren't.
Anyway - this discussion germinated deep in the bowels of my mind and I thought - hey, why not write a post, or more, about it. Now - this is the sort of post that could just go on and on and on, but I'm not enthusiastic enough to carry it on forever, so I thought I'd pick five or six songs that I thought were originals and present them to you, along with the real originals, and let you listen for yourself.
The songs I've settled upon aren't necessarily the best of the ones that could have formed part of this post (there were lots and lots of them), but I didn't want to waste too much time chasing down all of the originals for the songs that have come to light, and it really was just a matter of whichever ones I located first, they became part of the series of posts.
Today we'll kick it all off with the song "Sailing," which I'm certain that most of you will have heard of. To be honest, it has never been one of my favourite songs and although I acknowledge that it was a huge hit and therefore it must have something going for it, I just never really liked it. But I was astonished to learn that it wasn't an original version. When I tracked down the real version, I actually didn't mind it too much. It's still never going to be one of my favourite songs, but I find it more listenable than the version which became such a giant hit.
Nope - this is not the original version (1975) ...
This is the original version (1972) ...