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You are all familiar with the cover version of this song which was recorded by Three Dog Night, but the original was written and recorded by the late, great Harry Nilsson. He wrote this song while listening to the busy tone from a then new to the market, touch tone telephone (as you'll soon recognize at the opening of the song). 

 

 

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Lynyrd Skynyrd made this song a staple of classic rock radio, but most ain't never heard the original version by J. J. Cale. Here's the original studio version, complete with one of the earliest versions of a drum machine ever recorded..."Call Me The Breeze".

 

 

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It was Thelma Houston who had the huge hit with this song, as a disco classic, yet it's the original featuring the great Teddy Pendergrass belting out the lead vocals with Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes that makes my big toe shoot up in my boot. "Don't Leave Me This Way"

 

 

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The original version was recorded by Charlie Ryan back in 1955, but it wasn't a big hit until 1972 when Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen...featuring the master of the Telecaster, Bill Kirchen...put out their cover of this classic, "Hot Rod Lincoln":

 

 

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Yet another incredible cover tune from the Isley Brothers. This one features the amazing guitar skills of Ernie Isley, whom Jimi Hendrix learned a great deal from, back when he roomed with the Isley Brothers  prior to becoming famous. Here with their take on the Seals & Croft hit, "Summer Breeze":

 

 

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Speaking of Jimi Hendrix, most folks aren't aware that his hit song, "Hey Joe" was in fact a cover song, like "All Along the Watchtower". Although Jimi's version is, indeed, the superior version, I thought a few here might be interested in hearing the original version. Billy Roberts here with the rarely heard, and even more rarely known of version:

 

 

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Here's a fun one. The Mersey's ditty, "Sorrow", followed by the David Bowie cover from his "Pin-Ups" album. Then, if you listen towards the middle of this Beatles' track by George Harrison, you can hear a refrain from "Sorrow", as well (about 4:14 minute mark "With your long blonde hair and your eyes of blue..."):

 

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Perhaps the only good thing to come from that terrible "Sgt Pepper's" movie which starred Peter Frampton and The Bee Gees, Earth, Wind and Fire with, "Got To Get You Into My Life". The song was written by Paul McCartney to express his love of cannabis.

 

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