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1 hour, 55 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 16 February 2013

Our listener requests being honoured this week are brought to you by great artists such as; The Four Tops, Steve & Eydie, Canned Heat, Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen, The Pixies Three and the arguably short-lived recording career of The Lancastrians.

The focus of our They Sang It First feature comes in the form of The Red Rooster by American solo artist Chester Arthur Burnett; better known as Howlin' Wolf. First recorded in 1961 to little praise, little did Chester know at the time that just 3 years down the line he would be hailed as a hero for blues loving UK bands such as The Rolling Stones, who managed to scoop their second number one hit with their cover of this original song.

Tune in to hear Brian reveal more stories behind the songs and some excellent music to boot.

Music Played

37 items
  • Image for Pat Boone

    Pat Boone Johnny Will

    The Drugstore’s Rockin’, Bear Family Records, BCD 16498AH

  • Image for The Originals

    The Originals Suspicion

    Suspicion, Soul, SOUL S 1966

  • Request

  • Image for Blood, Sweat & Tears

    Blood, Sweat & Tears I Can't Quit Her

    Greatest Hits, SME Records, SRCS 9490

  • Both Sides Of The Record

  • Image for Doug Sheldon

    Doug Sheldon Live Now, Pay Later

    Singles Compilation, Vocalion, CDLK 4539

  • Request

    • Image for Four Tops

      Four Tops I Can't Help Myself

      Soul Legends, Motown, 0602498397411

  • Image for Brad Newman

    Brad Newman Somebody To Love

    1962 British Hit Parade, Fantastic Voyage, FVSD 152

  • Loose Connections

    • Image for The Clovers

      The Clovers Easy Lovin'

      The Best Of The Clovers, EMI Records, CDP 7 96336 2

    • Image for Roy Orbison

      Roy Orbison Falling

      Golden Days, Sony Music, 4715552

    • Image for The Four Seasons

      The Four Seasons Rag Doll

      The Very Best Of The Four Seasons, Music Club, MCCD 211

  • Image for Kenny Rogers & The First Edition

    Kenny Rogers & The First Edition Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town

    The Best Of…, Spectrum, HMNCD 025

  • Playing Hard To Get

    • Image for Sharon Marie

      Sharon Marie Thinkin' 'Bout You Baby

      Pet Projects: The Brian Wilson Productions, Ace, CDCHD 851

  • Image for The Hondells

    The Hondells Little Honda

    Go Little Honda & The Hondells, T-Bird, TBIRD 0020 CD

  • Image for John Rowles

    John Rowles Hush Not A Word To Mary

    The John Rowles Hit Collection, EMI, 8147072

  • Request

    • Image for Canned Heat

      Canned Heat Going Up In The Country

      The Hits Of 1969, MFP, CD-MFP 5919

  • Image for Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen

    Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen Midnight In Moscow

    Greatest Hits, Castle Pulse, PLS CD 225

  • Image for The Who

    The Who My Generation

    Then & Now, Polydor, 1732918

  • Image for The Chiffons

    The Chiffons Sweet Talkin' Guy

    Sweet Talkin’ Girls: The Best Of The Chiffons, EMI, 0946 369278 2 4

  • Request

    • Image for The Lancastrians

      The Lancastrians We'll Sing In The Sunshine

      Beat Beat Beat 5, Castle Music, CMD 1401

  • Image for Danny Overbea

    Danny Overbea I'm Tired Of Being Tossed Around

    Welcome To The Club, Ace, CDCHD 1009

  • They Sang It First

    • Image for Howlin’ Wolf

      Howlin’ Wolf The Red Rooster

      You Heard It Here First!, Ace, CDCHD 1204

  • Image for The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones The Last Time

    The Last Time, ABKCO, 0602498188767

  • Image for Toni Williams

    Toni Williams Precious Minutes

    King’s Soul Ballards, Kent Soul, CDKEND 383

  • Request

  • Image for Little Richard

    Little Richard He Got What He Wanted

    He Got What He Wanted, Fantastic Voyage, FVSD 153

  • Three In A Row

    • Image for Billy Fury

      Billy Fury Lady

      Lady, Parlophone, R 5747

    • Image for Danny Williams

      Danny Williams The Wild Wind

      The Wild Wind, HMV POP, 1172

    • Image for Barbara Kay

      Barbara Kay Yes I'm Ready

      Two Dozen Dodgy British Covers From The Pye Vaults Vol.1, Diamond Recordings, GEMCD 011

  • Image for Buddy Holly

    Buddy Holly Reminiscing

    The Best Of Buddy Holly, MCA, MCBD 19506

  • Image for The Kingston Trio

    The Kingston Trio Who's Gonna Hold Her Hand

    Close Up and Sold Out, Jasmine, JASCD 212

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles I Want To Hold Your Hand

    1, Apple, 7243 5 29970 2 2

  • Request

    • Image for Elvis Presley

      Elvis Presley Girls, Girls, Girls,

      Elvis Movies, RCA, 82876 85752 2

  • Image for The Critters

    The Critters Mr Dieingly Sad

    Younger Girl: The Complete Kapp & Musicor Recordings, Now Sounds, CRNOW 33

  • Image for Tommy Edwards

    Tommy Edwards Tangerine

    It’s All In The Game, Shout, Shout D79

  • Image for The Shadows

    The Shadows Foot Tapper

    More Hits!, EMI, 744 744

  • 1960


    Courtesy of Radio Times


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