Archive for May 14th, 2010

14th May
written by Matt The Cat

Friday Night Cat Fight Radio Show


Little Willie John first recorded “Fever”, a song written by Eddie Cooley and Otis Blackwell (as John Davenport) in 1956 for King. It was a #1 smash on the R&B charts and it even crossed over to #24 on the elusive pop charts. The tune was so popular that it led to many immediate covers. In 1957, both Ray Peterson and Earl Grant took a crack at it. Then in 1958, Peggy Lee put her unique, seductive stamp on it and it rose to #8 on the pop charts and an incredible #5 on the R&B lists. In 1960, Elvis featured “Fever” on “Elvis Is Back,” his first LP after being discharged from the Army. Alvin Robinson bubbled under the Hot 100 in 1964 with a great retelling of the song and the McCoys followed up their “Sloopy” success with a top ten version of “Fever” in 1965. Now, listen to them all and decide which one you truly DIG THE MOST!

Also on this week’s program, we feature some birthday tributes to Bobby Darin, Troy Shondell and Charlie Gracie.

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