2018-11-03 19:19:36 UTC
Tying in with the recent thread on Tommy Edwards' 1958 #1 hit "It's
All In The Game" here is my take on a few other versions of the much
Here's my favorites :-
1. TOMMY EDWARDS (1958)
One of the very best examples of an artist re-visiting one of his much
earlier recordings and coming up with a much improved version (and
certainly a much bigger selling one).And one that STILL remains the
best ever rendering of the song for me
2. FOUR TOPS (1970)
Taken from their LP "Still Waters Run Deep" this very good soulful
version did much better here in UK (Top 3 in NME) than back in the
boys' native USA
3. NAT "KING" COLE (1957)
The ultra smooth Nat Cole version (that precedes Tommy Edwards'
remake) appeared on his best LP "Love Is The Thing" that year that
also spawned one of his finest ever recordings---"When I Fall In Love"
4. TYRONE DAVIS (1973)
From his LP of the same title the always reliable Tyrone lives up to
his biggest hit and promptly turns back the hands of time to stamp his
own marker on the Tommy Edwards classic and bring it slam bang up to
date in the soul age
5. RICKY NELSON (1959)
Here's the recent "man of the moment" on here.The song comes from his
third Imperial LP "Ricky Sings Again" and was written by Jerry Fuller
the YT poster says. I don't think so somehow. Ricky does a competent
but unspectacular version that he obviously plugged on his parents TV
show that never made it to the UK. Wonder if that endless lip synching
he did on there ever really fooled anyone? .
LOUIS ARMSTRONG (1951)
Satch is in fine vocal form here on his version (that was in direct
competition with Tommy Edwards first time out) but the long over
burdened string filled intro (thanks to Gordon Jenkins) does little
for me and may well kill it dead for others
EDDIE HOLMAN (1969)
I was hooked on Eddie Holman from the first time I ever heard "This
Can't Be True". Later his biggest hit "Hey There Lonely Girl" was a
favorite and was hindered for me not one jot by having this nice
version of the song under scutiny here on the flip
CLIFF RICHARD (1963)
Surprisingly not bad version by our own Sir Cliff that was a huge UK
hit (on Columbia) and did OK on US chart too (on Epic)
and for historic interest.......
JIMMY DORSEY (1940)
An earlier incarnation of the song based on the same Dawes melody but
with different lyrics (Bob Eberly vcl) and titled "Let Me Dream".
Lots more versions out there!
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