Wonderful Tunes Provided By Friends. Wild Tangents Provided By Me.

Hey, did you know the song “Singin’ In The Rain” wasn’t written for the 1952 movie? I had no idea! It was composed by Arthur Freed with lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown and it was published in 1929 but it may have been written a few years earlier. The first (confirmed) performance of the song was in the 1929 movie “The Hollywood Music Box Revue.” Here’s a 1929 version from pop singer Ukelele Ike.

The song was performed by lots of folks before Gene Kelly did it in 1952 but I’m sure most of the world would now agree it’s Gene’s song. It got me thinking about other little known  song remakes. Did you know, for example, that Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” was a (much better) remake of a song by a gentleman named Robert Hazard? Or that Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” is a remake of an Otis Redding song? If that’s not enough to boggle your mind, get this, it even appears The Beatles may have done some sort of early version of William Shatner’s classic “Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds” if you can believe it. Madness!


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