Beware of the Carpet Man,
This review is from: You Heard It Here First! (Audio CD)
Cover versions-don't you just love them? They are actually a neccesity to propel a song forward.Eg Go now by Bessie Banks would have remained unknown but for the Moody Blues who were simply handed the disc at a radio statiion more or less out of the trash. Few radio staions played a record which wasn't even a regional breakout
In the U K many American songs were found at Tin Pan Alley-mainly flops or songs sent by the publisher.
Thus Helen Shapiro was handed a song called Tell me what he said-which had 2 American versions the Playmates and Ginny Arnell.No one knew that and wouldn't for nearly 40 years
If Elvis covered a song-bear in mind he was the biggest Carpet Man of all-then what chance an original by an unknown writer? Even a known artist like B J Thomas suffered once Elvis cast his sights on a song
Other hits came via some ingenuity on the part of the artist-that a B side like Hanky Panky by the Raindrops demoed by session singers called the Summits could have ended up as a No 1 hit
Amazing what has turned up since the Internet-that the Alabama State Senator Bobby Denton cut the original version of A fallen star-only to see it hit for 4 different acts on the Hot 100.
As for Something Stupid-the ones who made it first Carson & Gayle-were members of the Greenwood Singers