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Music From The 50’s – Eddie Cochrane

Eddie Cochrane

This year is the 50th anniversary of the release of the iconic “Summertime Blues”

“Summertime Blues” – Eddie Cochrane [MP3]

Here is some background information.

Summertime Blues

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“Summertime Blues”
Single by Eddie Cochran
Released June 11, 1958[1]
Genre Rock and roll, blues
Length 1:53[1]
Label Liberty Records 55144[1]
Writer(s) Eddie Cochran, Jerry Capehart[1]

Summertime Blues” (1958) is a 12-bar blues standard song by Eddie Cochran and Jerry Capehart about the trials and tribulations of teenage life in America.

It was written in the late 1950s by Eddie Cochran and his manager Jerry Capehart. Originally a single B-side, it peaked at #8 Billboard Hot 100 on September 29, 1958 and #18 UK Singles Chart. The handclapping is performed by Sharon Sheeley, and the deep vocals at the end of each verse are done by Cochran.

The song was used in the 1980 movie Caddyshack. In March 2005, Q magazine placed it at #77 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.

The song is ranked #73 in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time

There have been many cover versions some good some bad, perhaps the most famous is via The Who’s version which featured on their “Live At Leeds” album.

The Who’s Version

“Summertime Blues”
“Summertime Blues” cover
Single by The Who
from the album Live at Leeds
B-side “Heaven and Hell”
Released June, 1970
Format 7″ 45 RPM
Genre Rock
Length 3:22
Label Track (UK)Decca (US)
Writer(s) Eddie Cochran, Jerry Capeheart
Producer Kit Lambert, Chris Stamp
The Who singles chronology
The Seeker
Summertime Blues
See Me, Feel Me

The Who‘s version appears on the 1970 album Live at Leeds. Their version is done in a more aggressive (and louder) style than the original. It is played in the key of A major and on the 3rd verse modulates up to B major.

This version features John Entwistle singing the vocal parts of the boss, the father, and the congressman in his trademark baritone growl, in addition to playing the bass guitar. The track features the original four-man Who lineup of Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Keith Moon, and Pete Townshend.

Another live version from The Who is featured in the concert and documentary film “Woodstock“.

“Summertime Blues” was a staple of Who concerts between 1967 and 1976 with intermittent appearances thereafter.

Other Who versions can be found on Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970, Odds & Sods, 30 Years of Maximum R&B, and the CD release of Live at the Royal Albert Hall.

This video is their version from Woodstock in 1969

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October 6, 2008 - Posted by | Music From The 50's, Old Music, Video | ,

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