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21st January
written by Matt The Cat

Friday Night Cat Fight Podcast

“Rockin’ Pneumonia & The Boogie Woogie Flu”

The Friday Night Cat Fight Podcast takes on flu season with this classic rock n’ roll tune. We return to the original two song Cat Fight format as Huey “Piano” Smith & The Clowns’ 1957 original version of “Rockin’ Pneumonia & The Boogie Woogie Flu” takes on Johnny Rivers’ top 10 version from late 1972. Who’s got the hotter fever? Who’s got the colder chills? Who’s lunch is coming up first? You decide by listening to this week’s Cat Fight and then voting for the one that gets you the most sweaty.

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  1. RichZ

    Wow. I never really realized how close a copy Rivers version was, until I listened to them back to back. Enjoy both, immensely. But in the end, the slightly slower tempo and more raucous atmosphere that comes through loud and clear in the original makes it the hands down winner.

    Now it’s off to check out that Juke in the Back, and git me more of that boogie woogie piano playin’.

  2. Warren

    I was thinking about Johnny Rivers and how many quality covers/interpretations he sang. There were others that “covered” more than they sang original and but unlike the 50’s cover groups and artists we never held them in disdain.

    I’m going to a Judy Collins concert next week. She sang very few original songs. Otis Redding was a Sam Cooke cover specialist and his version of “a change is gonna come” is as good as Sam’s original. I caught some Richie Havens on the radio the other day. Some of his best tunes were cover. I love his version of “here comes the sun”. Aaron Neville has some marvelous covers of Sam Cooke and others as well as some great original music.

    Just some random thoughts….

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