Wednesday, February 17, 2010

If Rod Stewart Had the Worst Cold in History

Today's mid-week change of pace comes from one of those "instant cover version" albums which were popular in the US in the '50's and '60's, and remained extremely popular in England throughout the '70's. I believe several of these "Top of the Pops" albums were big hits on the English album charts. Coincidentally to my ongoing song-poem series, these were on the Hallmark label! (No relation.)

I find these albums enjoyable enough to spend a buck or two on, and rarely listen more than once or twice (as opposed to the HIT label 45's from the '60's, which are often pure gold). But in this case, the lead track, a version of "Maggie Mae" struck me as quite a bit more ridiculous than most, and thought I'd share it.

Enjoy this nameless vocalist, who seems to be both imitating Joe Cocker and predicting Bob Seger with one of the more hapless vocals I've heard lately.

1 comment:

thisispop said...


Did you know that both Elton John and David Bowie recorded (pre-fame, naturally) for the same series? Bowie's version of Penny Lane is pretty terrible, sounding like the missing link between Paul McCartney and his own faux-chirpy cockney Deram recordings