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5/6/2011 – The “Good Rockin’ Tonight” Cat Fight!

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Friday Night Cat Fight Podcast

“Good Rockin’ Tonight”


The Friday Night Cat Fight presents “Good Rockin’ Tonight,” one of the most important and influential songs every recorded.  Three versions are in contention with week, with the tune’s author, Roy Brown leading the pack with his original version from 1947.  Wynonie “Mr. Blues” Harris and Elvis Presley also take a shot at the song.  Wyonie’s went to #1 on the R&B lists in 1948 and Elvis’ version helped to spark the “Rock n’ Roll Revolution” of the mid-1950s. 

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18 Comments on “5/6/2011 – The “Good Rockin’ Tonight” Cat Fight!”

  1. 1 Sierra said at 3:09 pm on May 7th, 2011:

    Thanks so much, Matt! Elvis for me, ALWAYS! Cool for your sake too, that you could include R&B in the… uh…Saturday night cat fight. Great!

  2. 2 Dick said at 8:14 pm on May 7th, 2011:

    Had to go with the version by The King, but Wynonie’s version was very cool. Love the pumping piano in his version.

  3. 3 Virginia said at 9:15 pm on May 7th, 2011:

    Welcome home Matt. I hope Voice of America knows how lucky they are to have you. My vote tonight goes to Wynonie “Mr. Blues” Harris he certainly made the song HIS. Thank you again for all the time you devote to us “your fans”. P.S. Glad “ The Juke” is back also.

  4. 4 timevac3 said at 4:01 am on May 8th, 2011:

    Impossible! How on earth can I pick between Wynonie and Elvis?
    Wynonie wears the song like a pair of loose shoes and Elvis’ take is dynamic and shows his vocals at their best.
    The nod goes to Wynonie.

  5. 5 Yum Yum said at 6:03 pm on May 8th, 2011:

    Have You Heard There’s Good Rockin Tonight Because Matt And The Cat Fight Are Back !! It’s Been Too Long Pastels So Matt My Two Cents Worth Goes To Elvis And Welcome Back John Sebastian And How Was The Royal Wedding ? Yum Yum

  6. 6 DoubleBrad said at 1:52 pm on May 10th, 2011:

    I liked Elvis’s rendition. Wanda Jackson did a respectable one too. I enjoy the history and the back stories. Keep it up Mat.

  7. 7 tonyName (required) said at 4:56 pm on May 13th, 2011:

    Since you first aired “The Big Bang”, I’ve always felt that Wynonie’s version was the “first” real rock and roll record and I voted for that one. The other two are also great and Elvis is really at his best on his version of the song. Hope you had a great time in Scotland, Matt. Thanks again for everything and keep up the good work as always.

  8. 8 Warren said at 7:50 pm on May 15th, 2011:

    Mr. Blues gets my vote but I agree this is one of the most significant songs in the history of modern music.

  9. 9 Jack said at 10:17 pm on May 15th, 2011:

    Love Harris’ version but the nod has to go to Elvis here.

  10. 10 Jeanno said at 1:59 am on May 16th, 2011:

    For me, forever, Elvis at Sun in 1954 shouting “Weeeeeell…” the true rock´n´roll revolution!

  11. 11 John From Madison said at 2:21 pm on May 16th, 2011:

    Wynonie Harris’ voice has just the right amount of grit for this song. For me, the nod goes to him.

  12. 12 The Shadow said at 2:40 pm on May 16th, 2011:

    Had to go with Wynonie, Mr. blues Harris. Roy Brown’s original was great, but he didn’t put the feeling into it like Wynonie. I wouldn’t vote for Elvis if he were the only one running. Elvis is way overrated in my opinion Elvis never wrote a song in his life, and had others play most of the instruments. I’m totally burned out on Elvis If he were running against Tiny TIm, I’d vote for Tiny tim. Sorry for the rant. hehe
    Anyway, it’s sure great to have our furry leader back. Glad you had a great trip, to Scotland, and let us know how the bagpipe lessons are going. LOL Have a shot of scotch for me, furry leader, and keep on prowlin

  13. 13 Sam the Music Man said at 4:16 pm on May 16th, 2011:

    Have to vote for Wynonie Harris on this one. Although Roy Brown wrote and recorded it first, Wynonie took it to another level. And Elvis’ version is a very, very good version and it was the first I heard of this song, but I think the originators of the music should be recognized!!

    I agree wholeheartedly with the other comments on here about how lucky we are to have the “furry leader” providing the great music and the back story on the songs and artists. Keep up the good work, Matt. Hope the day gig doesn’t interfere too much with FNCF and JITB!!

  14. 14 Stickball Eddie said at 4:57 pm on May 16th, 2011:

    The songs by Roy Brown and Wynonie Harris gave me the feeling they were singing on the “Juke in the Back”, while Elvis did a good version but sounded like the Sun Records studio demo. I went with Wynonie. Thank you Matt for thIS FNCF

  15. 15 sonia from France said at 1:21 pm on May 17th, 2011:

    Elvis will always be the best, pure rockn’ roll.

  16. 16 sonia from France said at 1:24 pm on May 17th, 2011:

    I prefer Elvis’s version because it’s pure rock’n’ roll and more feelings.

  17. 17 RichZ said at 8:26 pm on May 21st, 2011:

    WH by a pretty substantial margin, although all three versions were great. RB’s has such a strong swing influence that it had to be impossible to see what WB was going to do with it. Aside from the fact that it’s a superior arrangement to the others, its historical significance can’t be discounted.

  18. 18 Bruce, Deb and Bella said at 11:26 pm on May 23rd, 2011:

    Elvis? Elvis? How can anybody vote for Elvis, he missed the “hoy” “hoy”s and well it just doesn’t go anywhere. On the other hand we were split between Roy Brown (my vote) and Wynonie Harris (Deb’s vote). I thought Roy’s vocals were great, sliding all over the place and Deb thought that Wynonie had a more rocking version. O.K. Well Bella the dog did vote for Elvis, but that’s only because he recorded Hound Dog. Thanks Matt, great Cat Fight and appreciate your commitment to getting these out now that you have a full time job.

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