Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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The Hucklebuck

First recorded by Paul Williams & His Hucklebuckers (R&B #1 1949).
Other hit versions by Frank Sinatra (US #10 1949), Chubby Checker (US #14 1960), Coast to Coast (UK#3 1983).

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From the wiki: “In his book, Honkers and Shouters, Arnold Shaw credits Paul Williams as one of the first to employ the honking tenor sax solo that became the hallmark of R&B and Rock ‘n Roll in the 1950s and early 1960s. Williams formed his own band in 1947 after first performing with Clarence Dorsey and King Porter. He became best known for his 1949 hit, ‘The Hucklebuck’, a twelve-bar blues that also spawned a dance craze. The single went to #1 on the U.S. Billboard R&B chart.

“Williams’ recording was covered in 1949 by Frank Sinatra, as well as by R&B artists Roy Milton and Lionel Hampton, but Williams’ Savoy recording was still the best-selling Rhythm % Blues song of the year. Shaw points out that ‘The Hucklebuck’ was an early example of a crossover hit from R&B to mainstream Popular music. With Tiny Grimes, Williams would later co-headline the first Moondog Coronation Ball, promoted by Alan Freed in Cleveland on March 21, 1952, often claimed as the first Rock ‘n Roll concert.

“Williams later worked in the Atlantic Records house band, and was the musical director for Lloyd Price and James Brown.

“Later, during the Rock ‘n Roll era, in 1960, Chubby Checker’s uptempo remake – his follow-up to ‘The Twist’ – peaked at #14.”

Frank Sinatra with The Ken Lane Quintet, “The Huckle Buck” (1949):

Chubby Checker, “The Hucklebuck” (1960):

Coast to Coast, “The Hucklebuck” (1981):

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