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SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight
HELLO STRANGER ... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

SDK Presents - Cool Covers & Jarring Juxtapositions: Can Pete Best the Beatles?...or Does the Girls' "Boys" Beat the Boys' "Boys"?

During the 50s and early 60s, it wasn't unusual for a hit song to remain on the charts for months.

"Will You Love Me Tomorrow" by the Shirelles is one example. The girl group classic entered the Billboard Hot 100 at the end of November 1960 and soared to number one by the end of January 1961. Overall, the single enjoyed an impressive 19-week ride on the chart!

It's very likely that record buyers who picked up the 45 were surprised to discover that they got two hits for the price of one. "Boys," the song on the flip side, turned out to be a genuine killer bee.



"Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and "Boys" were both included

on the Shirelles' debut album, "Tonight's the Night," released in 1961.

A couple of years later, the Beatles revealed their American r&b influences when they recorded a rollicking cover of "Boys" and made it one of the tracks on their "Please Please Me" album. Sing it, Ringo, one time for me!



In 1966, Peter "Pete" Best, the Beatles' pre-Ringo drummer,

did his Best Ringo thingo and recorded his own rendition of "Boys." The Best effort was released as a single backed with "Kansas City."

Best's "Boys" recently became available on compact disc when Cameo-Parkway Records finally emptied its vaults and released its catalog on a 4-CD box set. Can Pete Best the Beatles and Shirelles? You be the judge!

Boys - Pete Best

"Boys" has always been one of my favorite songs and that Pete Best version is none too shabby! With repeated listens, it has really grown on me. In fact, all three versions are so good that I'm having trouble declaring a winner in this battle of the "Boys," so let's call it a three-way tie.

Not satisfied? Gotta have a Pick to Click? Okay, here's the tie breaker:



Boy oh boy oh boy!

Have a Shady day!

2 comments:

  1. Pete Best's version sounds great! Quite raw to compare with the Beatles vesrion.

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  2. I agree. Pete's rendition is my Pick to Click! Thanks for your comment!

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