First recorded by Steam (US #1/R&B #20 1969).
Also recorded by The Supremes (1970).
Other hit versions by Bananarama (US #101/UK #5 1983), The Nylons (US #12 1987).
From the wiki: “‘Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye’ was written and recorded by Paul Leka, Gary DeCarlo and Dale Frashuer, attributed to a then-fictitious band they named ‘Steam’ as a throw-away B-side. When the song began to get airplay on the radio and became a hit, the writers hired stand-in musicians to tour as Steam. (So, ‘Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye’ may be the biggest selling (over 6.5 million copies) B-side recorded by a non existent band in music history.) Leka, et al. wrote a primitive version of the song in the early 1960s when they were members of a band from Bridgeport, Connecticut, The Chateaus, who disbanded after several failed recordings.
“Uncle John’s Fifth Bathroom Reader states that DeCarlo was recording a throwaway ‘flip side – something so bad, no disc jockey would accidentally play it as the ‘A’ side.’ ‘Na Na Hey Hey’ was described by DeCarlo as ‘an embarrassing record … an insult.’ But, Mercury Records decided it was great and released it as an A-side single. Nobody wanted to be identified with the record, however, so it was credited to ‘Steam’.
Inspired by “The Banjo Song” by The Big Three (1963).
Hit versions by Shocking Blue (US #1/UK #8/CAN #1/AUS #1/FRE #1/SPN #1 1969), Bananarana (US #1/UK #8/CAN #1/AUS #1/SUI #1/NZ #1 1986).
From the wiki: “‘Venus’ composer Robbie van Leeuwen admitted in a 2007 interview he took his inspiration for ‘Venus’ from the song ‘The Banjo Song’, written by Tim Rose Ross as a lyrical parody of Stephen Foster’s ‘Oh, Susannah’ and first recorded by The Big Three (Jim Hendricks, Tim Rose and Cass Elliot) in 1963.”
First recorded (as a demo) by The Doobie Brothers (c. 1970)
Hit versions by The Doobie Brothers (US #8/CAN #8/NETH #10 1973 |UK #7 1993), Traks (GER #18 1982), Bananarama (UK #30 1991).
From the wiki: “Back before The Doobie Brothers signed their first recording contract, they were a biker bar band in California. On one occasion, the band went into the studio to record some demos. One would eventually become known as ‘Long Train Running’.”
“‘Long Train Runnin” was included on the band’s 1973 album The Captain and Me and released as a single, becoming a Top 10 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #8. Tom Johnston performed the lead vocal and the distinctive, rhythmic guitar strumming that propels the song. The signature harmonica solo was performed by Norton Buffalo.
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