Long lost songs


This is a discussion on songs or versions we've heard maybe just once on the radio and spent years searching for. Anything you knew existed, but couldn't find.

For instance, about 1972 I was lying in bed listening to the local progressive rock station (WNEW) as I was falling asleep. On come a great R&B song with a line something like "Before I Die I want to be the kind of man you want me to be". The DJ never announced the title or artist that I could hear. Never heard it again. Years later I heard "She's Gone" by Hall and Oats and figured it was them. Nope. Continued to search on and off for decades, employing new technology as it became available.

Early this year, while searching for something totally different on SecondHandSongs I came across "When I Die" by Mother Lode. Bingo! Joy, joy, joy! Found the CD on Amazon, (only format available) Love It. Most of the rest of their songs are weird but "When I Die" is almost as good as my memory had made 'Before I Die'.

Another example is versions. There are some song that I love that have very different interpretations by various artists. "Hey Joe" and "Morning Dew" are two. I like to collect those versions. Long ago I heard a version of "Morning Dew" sung by a guy with a very unique voice. It had a mesmerizing rhythm guitar line that got into my brain. I never forgot it, because the girl I was with turned out to be a nymphomaniac. What a night!

Using   SecondHandSongs agin, I found Long John Baldry on his self-titled album on EMI. What a crystal clear LP! He's recorded several fine versions of the song, but this is THE one with that guitar line. Highly recommended.

I am sure many of you have similar tales and can relate to the elation I felt on finding something I'd been searching for for decades. Let's hear them.
2channel8
I happened to just listen to "How Do You Do" by Mouth and Macneal on one of the priceless "Hard to Find 45s" CDs. The old am radio one hit wonders never sounded so good.

Could anyone help me find Gary White doing his own composition "Long, Long Time", the song made popular by Linda Ronstadt?
http://genius.com/William-devaughn-be-thankful-for-what-you-got-lyrics

2channel8. GREAT idea for a thread. For me it was something from 1973/74. Going to school in Missouri. Driving around in an old Plymouth Duster.  Heard a great song getting some AM airplay.  
Diamond in the back, sunroof top
Diggin the scene
With a gangsta lean....

Full lyrics at link above.

Lost track of it over the years but it was one of those that kind of haunts you.  Finally, one day in the early '90s, listening to WXPN'S "Funky Friday" show, heard it being played! Called the station. The DJ came on and gave me the low down on it:  William DeVaughn's "Be Thankful for What you Got". People think Curtis Mayfield wrote it.  He didn't.  

Read the full story on Wikipedia.  
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Be_Thankful_for_What_You_Got

The production (thank you Frank Fioravanti, MFSB studio musicians, Sigma Sound and Phila. soul) is genius. What a smooth grooving ride. Hope you will check it out here....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDTXljIqxRE



For me, it was Magical Misery Tour, an excellent and really funny John Lennon parody song from a National Lampoon album from 1969 I believe.
My friend once had the album and after I lost touch and no longer had a turntable, I found that it wasn't available on CD. Thanks to YouTube I'm able to listen to it again.
I sort of remember a hotter version of Stones "Under My Thumb". The one on every album is slower than what I'm thinking of. Did they release a 45 with a faster tempo version?
Great idea...here's a couple from the dustbin of my mind...hopefully entertaining, kickstart some old neurons... ;)

Cuts You Up - Peter Murphy

How Soon Is Now? - The Smiths

Waitin' For The Wind - Spooky Tooth

The Bomber/Closet Queen/Bolero/Cast Your Fate To The Wind - The James Gang

Spanish Stroll - Mink DeVille

Other Side To This Life - Fred Neil

Dear Jill - Blodwyn Pig


I have a variation on this theme.  One of my all time favorite ballads is called "Pretending To Care" by Todd Rundgren.  It's a demanding vocal that's been covered many times, including at least once by an operatic soprano whose names eludes me at the moment.  So, one day I hear an incredible version of the song on the radio and don't get the name of the singer or source of the track.

Per this thread, it took many years to track down the singer and album - turns out it's a guy call Fred Froom from a long out of print Rundgren tribute album called "For The Love of Todd".  Of course I grab a used copy on eBay and confirm that it is indeed a grand slam cover of the song.

Weird bonus factoid - An Internet search of Fred Froom yields only one piece of information:

Fred Froom covered the song "Pretending To Care" on the tribute album called "For The Love of Todd".

Other than that, this guy seems to be a ghost.  A search of Mitchell Froom shows no relative called Fred.  Evidently, Fred Froom is a terrific singer who for reasons unknown seems to have had a one song career.
Ghosthouse, I have heard that recording hundreds of times but don't recall ever hearing of William DeVaughn. Great memories. Sound a lot better today than it did on the bus in high school.
Martykl,

FYI SecondHandSongs lists 6 versions of "Pretending to Care", none of which are by Froom. MusicStack has one of his CDs.

http://www.musicstack.com/item/571514
Not quite on this theme - but can anyone identify a long lost UNKNOWN song for me
It was a trumpet "song" in the 60's that was NOT Il silenzio
I have the  Eddie Calvert version of that but it is not what I am looking for. It starts off the first couple of bars very similar, but then changes. I heard it again a few years ago as background music to a BBC film here in UK and told myself I would remember the film and check out the credits the next day. Of course I totally forgot everything.I have every other track I ever want that I have heard, apart from this one. Nobody I have asked has any idea of what I am on about and the pool of people around at the time is diminishing also !!

Can you hum a few bars?

Maybe start searching Al Hirt on the net.
I have a couple:

"Oldest Story In The World" by the Plimsouls

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wo9qQ9lAV5w

"Romeo's Tune" by Steve Forbert

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixTXmKauL8A


Roxy54:
Also loved Magical Misery Tour. It was a VERY convincing impression of Lennon sung by Tony Hendra. The lyrics were all actual quotes from Lennon.

dweller:
There is a more uptempo version of Under My Thumb on the album Got Live If You Want It. 
Minkwelder: I don't think it was live -I'll check it out. Also, wasn't there a Byrds version of "So you want to be a rock-n-roll star" with no trumpet? Speaking of trumpets, could "El Solo Toro" be the song tatyana69 is looking for?
Mofi,
I'm surprised you had any trouble finding Romeo's Tune since it was a popular FM hit.
2channel8

You're a stud!  I was 100% certain that I'd never find anything by Froom (or even any info about him).  Also, I hadn't heard of music stack til this thread.  I just ordered it.  Thanks so much for posting.
martykl

So glad you scored! It is a triumphant feeling isn't it? Like being rewarded for keeping the faith in searching for something that after so many years, sometimes you doubt even exists. 

I'll give another example. When I was young I never bought Beatles albums. They were always on the radio and my sister and friends and cousins were always playing them, so there was no need. Consequently I was not well versed in some of their more obscure songs. Fast forward 15 or 20 years and I am at a cousin reunion picnic. As was our tradition, after everyone was good and drunk, we started "singing" oldies. My cousin starts "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away". Great song I hadn't thought of for years. I says, 'who did that?' She says "the Beatles, of course." I says "no, there was a female vocal." Bets were laid but never collected. I kinda figured my memory had played a trick on me.

Another decade goes by and I get a fabulous 3 CD collection, The British Invasion. Highly recommended. There it is. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away by the Silkie!!! 
I think I owned the LP when I was younger and had a Bang & Olufsen turntable which eventually was moved on and I got away from audio for several years. Interestingly, certain lyrics stick with me and I recall "lines on my face" would pop into my head every now and then. I always thought about researching it until one day I finally got around to it. This is such a great tune from Peter Frampton playing his 1954 custom Gibson Les Paul with triple humbucking pickups. Not really an obscure song but one who's lyrics haunted me for years. Enjoy!

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bsi41lbI3sM
I haven't thought about that LP in a long time. Hope it's still in one of the boxes. I better go find it!

Hey Ghosthouse. You should check out the rendition of "Be thankful for what you got" by Vanessa Fernandez on the "Use Me" LP

180 gram pressing at 45 RPM. Stellar album !!

Thanks crazyeddy. I found the album on Spotify. That track is running now. I’ve seen her name around but haven’t listened to her at all. I tend to have a bad attitude about covers going in. Show me why I should listen to your version. What are you bringing to it? Similarly, the VF makes me ask "why?". Don’t mean to come across harsh. I’ll try it again later. Different strokes for different folks. Glad it is something you enjoy. BTW - your on-line name - anything to do with the old NJ electronics stores?
This almost qualifies. I fell in love wit a group called AUM almost 50 years ago. The album was Resurrection, the particular song was Today and Tomorrow. The electric guitar just drove into me, so I borrowed it from my older sister - permanently.  That LP has been through all my turntables and cartridges and a few of my sister's, some not so good for vinyl. It has also picked up a few scratches during hundreds of plays. I always searched for another copy in any format without success. So I only listened to it when I needed it, to save further wear.

Then, this July 29th I found it in CD on Amazon. It's not like I haven't looked there half a dozen times before. Now I can listen to it as much as I want and save the LP for those relive-the-whole-experience days. Or if I ever try some weed again. It was THE best on those days!

Hey ghosthouse. I agree with you fully on the merits of doing covers. The reason I brought up the Vanessa Fernandez version was for sonics only.

I have it on 45rpm 180 gm vinyl and the recording is wonderful. I also really love her voice.

No connection to any NJ electronic stores, but now I'm curious. Why ask?

Hey there eddy...got you on the Vanessa Fenandez.  You can read the Crazy Eddie story here (spelling is different).  "His prices are so low they're insane!".  Just thought you might have taken the name from there.  A long lost electronics chain for a long lost songs thread.  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crazy_Eddie
Just scored another one: Greg Brown - 'Cept You & Me Babe.

Heard it once on the car Radio in 2001 or so, and never found it because I remembered the verse as "Except Me and You, Babe."

I don't think I have any more to search for. I feel a little sad about that. Surprising. 
Some one post some thing! I miss searching. I'm depressed.