Archive for May, 2010

28th May
written by Matt The Cat

Friday Night Cat Fight Show

“Prisoner Of Love”

Six different versions of the 1931 song, “Prisoner Of Love” compete this week in the “World Famous” Friday Night Cat Fight. We begin with Russ Columbo’s original recorded version, which he also had a hand in writing. Then we move to Perry Como’s chart-topping rendition from 1946, a year that also saw 2 successful R&B performances of the tune. In 1960 Bo Diddley recorded a unique version of “Prisoner,” but it was never released. Finally, we end with one of James Brown’s biggest pop hits and his inspired take on “Prisoner Of Love.” Listen to all six versions of the tune before voting on which one you dig the most.

Also, on this week’s program, a song set salute to the 1960s dance, The Watusi as well as a set of songs about fairy tale legend, Little Red Riding Hood.

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Have a fantastic Memorial Day Weekend and start of summer! If you feel like some summer songs, please visit my Cat Fights from last year at this time by using the “archive” menu to the right.

There will be no Cat Fight Show next week, but I will return on June 11, 2010.


Matt The Cat

24th May
written by Matt The Cat

On Sunday, May 23, David Maril wrote an article on me.  It appeared in the Brockton Enterprise from Brockton, MA.

To read the article, follow the link below.

21st May
written by Matt The Cat

Friday Night Cat Fight Show


History Of

“Midnight Special”

The “Midnight Special” is a traditional folk tune about a passenger train that roared past a prison every night. The singer of the tune dreamed of the freedom that waited just outside his prison walls. It was first committed to paper in 1905, but didn’t appear on record until 1926 when Dave “Pistol Pete” Cutrell recorded it for Okeh with some new lyrics that referenced his band. Leadbelly popularized the song after he let Alan Lomax record him singing it for the Library Of Congress in 1934. The song entered the R&B charts as an instrumental in 1948 with Tiny Grimes cutting it for the then new Atlantic Label. In 1952, The Weavers had a small hit with is, but it didn’t hit the Rock n’ Roll Era until Big Joe Turner cut it in 1957. From there, it became a pop hit for Paul Evans in 1960 and Johnny Rivers in 1965. Credence Clearwater Revival included their inspired version of “Midnight Special” on their 1969 LP, “Willie & The Poor Boys”. This week, 7 versions of the tune (Leadbelly to CCR) will be competing for YOUR Vote. For historical purposes, I do include the original 1926 recording by Dave Cutrell.

I’ll also take a look at some of the popular songs that were recorded on THIS DAY (5-21-10) in rock n’ roll history.

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