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1/21/11 – The “Rockin’ Pneumonia” Cat Fight!

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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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12 Comments on “1/21/11 – The “Rockin’ Pneumonia” Cat Fight!”

  1. 1 Sierra said at 2:20 pm on January 21st, 2011:

    My vote went to Huey this week, believe it or don’t. I like JR, but it was obvious to me that his version was a cover; it just sounded like an imitation. So sorry, MTC, that you had the rockin’ tummy flu, or whatever it was. Glad you’re back; thanks for a good FNCF!

  2. 2 CCK said at 2:21 pm on January 21st, 2011:

    I voted for Huey, because the original is much more sloppy than Johnny’s. And what is the flu, really, if not sloppy?

  3. 3 Stickball Eddie said at 4:36 pm on January 21st, 2011:

    It was Johnny ( secret agent man ) Rivers for me this week. Huey ( he’s not the News ) Smith sounded great but JR had the upbeat version I dug the most.

  4. 4 Rick Narup said at 10:03 pm on January 21st, 2011:

    I like the oldies but this maybe Johnny Rivers best cover ever.

  5. 5 Warren said at 11:29 am on January 22nd, 2011:

    Like most, I lean towards the original. This was not one of Huey’s best but I still love the sound.

    Matt, Thanks for adding the Sam Cooke tune. I do love his music. He was one of the greats.

  6. 6 Susann said at 3:20 pm on January 22nd, 2011:

    In my humble opinion, Johnny gives it a richer sound.
    Thanks for the fight and Sam. I really appreciate you!

  7. 7 Bruce, Deb and Bella said at 3:40 pm on January 23rd, 2011:

    Went into this on thinking it was going to be Huey and the Clowns all the way, but came out of it voting for Johnny on the stunning piano work of Larry Knechtel – what a performance! Here’s a link to his bio –

    Great Catfight Matt glad you got the flu to inspire this one. Deb says she’s glad you’re feeling better.

  8. 8 Virginia said at 5:24 pm on January 23rd, 2011:

    Happy belated birthday Sam. After listening for three days and against my original inclination my vote goes to Johnny, the music was just better in my opinion. And I have to say thank you Matt this is certainly a preferable way to have either illness.

  9. 9 David said at 12:15 pm on January 24th, 2011:

    I know, I go back and forth on voting for a cover like Johnny’s that doesn’t really change up the arrangement, but Johnny and his band–yes, props to Larry Knetchel on boogie woogie piano– were ragin’ like a 103 degree fever on this one, and for me, Piano Smith wasn’t on, rhythmically, vocal-wise. I like Sierra’s suggestion that Huey’s sloppy fits the song, but I voted for Johnny Rivers.

  10. 10 Sierra said at 12:20 pm on January 28th, 2011:

    Sorry, David; that “sloppy” comment was CCK’s, not mine, but I do agree that it was a good inspiration. Still, I can’t agree with Bruce; not really glad MTC was saddled with the flu, as this certainly wasn’t the boogie-woogie type. Didn’t know Bread’s pianist was featured in JR’s cover; that’s interesting. I do agree with Deb; SO GLAD you’re better, MTC.

  11. 11 Lana said at 8:49 am on January 29th, 2011:

    I love that original sound! And thanks for playing Sam Cooke…Keep the Cat Fights coming, Matt! You are great!

  12. 12 Galahad said at 5:39 pm on January 29th, 2011:

    This time around NEWER is better & as usual Mattt You gave me quite the education, I always thought this was a Rivers Original,,,so soon old so late smart

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