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  Song Artist/Date/Label Remade by
C C Rider see See See Blues
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Cab Driver Carson & Gaile 1967
on lp Kapp 3516 San Antonio Rose
Mills Bros.
Calcutta see Take Me Dreaming (Tivoli Melodie)
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California Dreamin' Barry McGuire 1965
On lp Dunhill 50005 This Precious Time
Mamas & Papas, Bobby Womack, America, Beach Boys
Producer Lou Adler had the Mamas & Papas—then calling themselves the Magic Circle—doing just vocal accompaniment on McGuire's recording. He subsequently took the same backing track, substituted Papa Denny Doherty's lead vocal and changed the solo from harmonica to Bud Shank's lilting flute, creating the hit.

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California Soul Messengers 6-14 to 7-7-67
Soul 35037
Nik Ashford, 5th Dimension
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California Sun Joe Jones 1961
Roulette 4344
Rivieras, Ramones
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Call It Stormy Monday But Tuesday Is Just As Bad (aka Stormy Monday) T-Bone Walker 9-13-47
Black & White 122
Bobby Bland, Count Basie, Lou Rawls, Allman Bros.,Lee Michaels
Earl Hines' "Stormy Monday Blues" from 1942 (Bluebird 11567) is a different song.

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Call Me Petula Clark 1965
on lp Warner Bros 1598 I Know A Place
Chris Montez
Keely Smith made the first recording of "Call Me" in 1964, but it wasn't ever issued (yet?).

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Call Me The Breeze J.J. Cale 9-29 & 30-70
on lp Shelter 8908 Naturally
Lynyrd Skynyrd, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Tom Petty & Heartbreakers, J.J. Cale & Eric Clapton, Eric Clapton
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Calling Occupants (aka Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft) Klaatu 1976
Capitol 4377/4412
Carpenters
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Can I Do It For You? (aka Chevrolet, aka Hey Gyp) Kansas Joe & Memphis Minnie
2-21-30  Vocalion 1523
Lonnie & Ed Young, Jim Kweskin, Donovan, Animals
The melody was reworked for "Don't Tear My Clothes" aka "Baby Let Me Follow You Down." See entry for that title.

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Can I Get To Know You (Better) Betty Everett c. 5-13-64
Vee Jay 599
Turtles
Can The Circle Be Unbroken see Will The Circle Be Unbroken
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Can You Fool Michael Smotherman 1977
on lp Windsong 2416
Glen Campbell, Gregg Allman & Cher
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Can't Get Enough Of You Baby Toys 6-28-65
Dyno Voice 219
Four Seasons (c.11-65), ? & Mysterians, Sue Darby, Smash Mouth
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Can't Sit Down (aka You Can't Sit Down) Bim Bam Boos 1959
Dasher 500
Phil Upchurch Combo, Chris Columbo, Dovells
Guitarist Phil Upchurch played on the Bim Bam Boos' recording and was later given co-writing credit by organist Cornell Muldrow. The Dasher Records release credited Muldrow and (label owner) Joe Dasher as composers.

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Can't Smile Without You David Martin 1975
DJM 1003
Barry Manilow
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Can't Stop Dancing Ray Stevens 1976
on lp Warner Bros 2914 Just For The Record
Captain & Tennille
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Can't Stop Lovin' You Flirtations 1970
Deram 85062
Tom Jones
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Can't Stop Talking About You (aka I Can't Stop Talking About You) Tobin Matthews 1963
Warner Bros. 5398
Steve And Eydie
Matthew's record was starting to see some action in November of 1963 such that his label (Warner Bros.) sent him to Kansas City to tape a record hop TV show. Just as it was scheduled to air, JFK's assassination became the focus of all broadcasting, disrupting whatever momentum Matthew's version had built. Subsequently, radio picked up on Steve And Eydie's instead.

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Can't You Hear My Heartbeat Goldie & The Gingerbreads 1964
(rel. 1-29-65)
UK Decca 12070
Herman's Hermits (12-1-64)
Goldie & The Gingerbreads were an American girl group lead by Goldie Zelkowitz, aka Genya Ravan. Ironically, theirs was the UK hit (produced by Animals keyboardist Alan Price), while the US hit was by Brits (produced by Animals producer Mickie Most, who thought it unsuitable for them). Co-writer John Carter's demo has been issued.

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Candida Corporation 1970
Musicor 1418
Dawn (aka Tony Orlando & Dawn)
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Candlelight Cafe (aka Danke Schöen) Bert Kaempfert 12-17-62
on lp Decca 4374 Living It Up!
Wayne Newton
Kaempfert's recording was also issued as a single (Decca 31498) with the revised title "Danke Schoen."

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Candy Man, The Anthony Newley 12-70
MGM 14252
Aubrey Woods, Sammy Davis Jr. (8-19-71)
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Cara Mia David Whitfield 5-6-54
London 1486
Jay & The Americans
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Caravan Barney Bigard & His Jazzopaters
12-36
Variety 515
Duke Ellington (many times!), Billy Eckstine, Ella Fitzgerald, Perez Prado, Santo & Johnny, Ventures et al.
Barney Bigard & His Jazzopaters were a subset of the Duke Ellington band. Trombonist Juan Tizol wrote "Caravan" and initially received sole credit, although Ellington's name was subsequently added. Lyrics were later penned by Irving Mills, who became another co-writer.

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Carmelita Murray McLauchlan 7-72
on lp Epic 31902
Warren Zevon, Linda Rondstadt, Counting Crows
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Carol Of The Drum (aka Little Drummer Boy) Trapp Family Singers 1952
on lp Decca DL 9553/45 box 9-339 Christmas With
Jack Halloran Singers, Harry Simeone Chorale, Trapp Family Singers (1964 for Kapp), Lou Rawls, Jimi Hendrix, Boney M., Bing Crosby & David Bowie et al.
"Carol Of The Drum" was written, arranged from a Czech carol, in 1941 by Katherine Davis (aka C.R.W. Robinson). No one seems to have recorded it until some eleven years later.

The Trapp Family Singers' recording was done in Germany for Deutsche Grammophon. In the US, Decca issued it in various forms, including an album, the six-45 record set shown and a single 45 (Decca 30997, 1959).

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Carpet Man Johnny Rivers 4-17-67
on lp Imperial 12341 Rewind
5th Dimension (later 1967)
Cat Squirrel see Mississippi Blues
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Cattywampus (aka Tuff) Bill Justis 6-5-58
Phillips 3529
Ace Cannon
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Celebrate Gary Bonner 1969
on lp Calla 101
3 Dog Night, Garry Bonner (1972 for MGM, as "Celebrity Ball")
Bonner's first name was spelled variously with one or two R's.

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Certain Girl, A Ernie K-Doe 7-5-61
Minit 634
Yardbirds, Warren Zevon
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C'est La Vie Beau Williams 1984
on lp Capitol 7123441 Bodacious!
Robbie Nevil
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C'est si bon Jacques Hélian Orch. w/ Jean Marco 2-18-48
French Columbia DF 3232
Yves Montand, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Desmond, Eartha Kitt, Stan Freberg, Conway Twitty
English lyrics ("It's So Good") were written in 1949 by Jerry Seelen.

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Chaine, La (aka I'm A Train) Les Troubadours 1967
on ep French AZ 1134
Colors Of Love (1968), Albert Hammond
The song was written in late 1966 as "I'm A Train" by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood. Their demo was sent various places and the French group Les Troubadours were the first to formally cut it, with new lyrics by Pierre André Dousset. Flash forward to 1973 when Hammond was jamming in a San Francisco studio. He was messing around with various rhythms, started playing "Train" and Santana's percussionist Armando Perasa happend to be there with his bongos. That chance rebirth of the song led to a U.S. hit for Albert.

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Chained Paul Petersen 1-13-67
Motown 1108
Marvin Gaye (2 to 6-68)
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Chains Everly Bros. 7-11-62
on lp UK Magnum Force 1028 Nice Guys (1984)
Cookies, Beatles (2-11-63), Carole King
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Chaka (aka Through The Fire) David Foster 1983
on lp Japanese Sound Design 1342-9 The Best Of Me
Chaka Khan
David Foster originally wrote the song as an instrumental, then lyrics were added with co-writers Cynthia Weil and Tommy Keane. Foster had Chaka Khan in mind for the song and he ended up producing, and playing on her hit, retitled "Through The Fire."

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Change Of Heart Samantha Sang 1978 (rel. c. 3-78)
Private Stock 45 188
Eric Carmen
Samantha Sang also performed on Eric Carmen's hit recording.

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Change The World Wynonna Judd 1996
on CD MCA/Curb 11090 Revelations
Eric Clapton
Chapel In The Moonlight see In The Chapel In The Moonlight
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Chapel Of Love Darlene Love 4-63
on CD Abkco 7118-2 Phil Spector - Back To Mono (1991)
Ronettes, Dixie Cups, Beach Boys, Bette Midler
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Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy Red Foley 11-8-49
Decca 46205
Bing Crosby (1-3-50), Frank Sinatra (1-12-50), Gene Autry, Freddy Cannon
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Chelsea Morning Fairport Convention 11-67
on lp UK Polydor 583 035 (1968)/US Cotillion SD 9024 (1970)
Dave Van Ronk & Hudson Dusters (12-12-67), Joni Mitchell, Neil Diamond, Judy Collins
Writer Joni Mitchell was staying at NYC's famed and storied Hotel Chelsea when she composed it.

Former US President Bill Clinton, inspired by the song, named his daughter Chelsea.

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Cherry Pie Marvin & Johnny 1954
Modern 933
Skip & Flip
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Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White (as "Cerisier rose et pommier blanc") André Claveau 1950
French Polydor 560241
Pérez Prado, Alan Dale, Jerry Murad's Harmonicats
Chevrolet see Can I Do It For You
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Chicken Fried Zac Brown Band 2003
on CD (self-issued, no label?) Home Grown (2004)
Zac Brown Band (2008 for Atlantic)
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Child Of Clay 1929 Depression 1966
Providence 422
Jimmie Rodgers (c. 6-67)
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China Girl Iggy Pop 1977
on lp RCA 1-2275 The Idiot
David Bowie
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Chirpy Chirpy, Cheep Cheep Lally Stott 1971
Phillips 40695
Middle Of The Road, Mac & Katie Kissoon
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Chokin' Kind, The Waylon Jennings & Waylors 4-27-67
RCA Victor 9259
Joe Simon
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Choucounne (aka Yellow Bird) Lolita Cuevas 1953
on 10" lp Folkways 811 Haitian Folk Songs
Tarriers (as "Chaucon"), Norman Luboff Choir, Mills Bros., Arthur Lyman
"Choucounne" goes back to the late 1800s, with lyrics by Oswald Durand and music by Michel Mauleart Monton. Both lived in Haiti although Monton was born in New Orleans. Elements of the melody probably date back further as it was not uncommon at the time to "borrow" compositional elements.

There certainly could be earlier recordings but Cuevas's is the oldest I've found so far.

Harry Belafonte's 1957 "Don't Ever Love Me," credited variously to Belafonte or Lord Burgess, used the same melody.

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Christmas Song, The (Merry Christmas To You) King Cole Trio (aka Nat "King" Cole) 6-14-46
on CD Rhino 70637 Billboard Greatest Christmas Hits 1935-1954 (1989)
King Cole Trio (8-19-46), Nat "King" Cole (1953, 1961), Mel Tormé
Mel Tormé and Robert Wells wrote the song (in 35 minutes!) during a summer heat wave in Los Angeles. Having jotted down some words prior to meeting with Tormé, lyricist Wells then said "It was so damn hot today, I thought I'd write something to cool myself off. All I could think of was Christmas and cold weather."

Cole wanted strings on his first session for the song but Capitol Records, probably afraid of him alienating his R&B audience, refused. Upon completion of this initial version, Nat insisted he recut it with more accompaniment and, a couple of months later, got his wish. Modest as the additional musicians were—four string players and a harpist—it turned out the way Cole envisioned. This version became a huge crossover hit, broadening his appeal.

The stringless original was also issued on Nat's Mosiac-label box set. The modern day hit came in 1961 and was recorded in stereo.

Christo Redentor see Cristo Redentor
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Christopher Columbus Andy Kirk & His Twelve Clouds Of Joy 3-7-36
Decca 729
Fletcher Henderson (3-27-36), Fats Waller, Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson, Jim Kweskin
While the song wasn't ever a hit in the rock & roll era, it's notable for its inclusion in Benny Goodman's groundbreaking July, 1937 recording of "Sing, Sing Sing." It's usually not noted on Goodman (re)issues of "Sing," but his original 78 (Victor 36205) included the subtitle "Introducing 'Christopher Columbus,'" but with no separate songwriting credit.

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Church Bells Are Ringing (aka Church Bells May Ring) Willows 1956
Melba 102
Diamonds
The Willows' recording was later issued as "Church Bells May Ring," also on Melba 102.

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Church St. Soul Revival Exiles 1969
Columbia 44972
Tommy James
Seeking to expand his artistic independence, Tommy James co-wrote and co-produced the Exiles' version before recording it himself.

The Exiles evolved into the group Exile, of "Kiss You All Over" fame.

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Cinnamon Cinder, The (It's A Very Nice Dance) Cinders 1962
Warner Bros. 5326
Pastel Six
There's conflicting information as to who first recorded the song and I include it here in hopes of prompting a definitive answer.

The Cinnamon Cinder was a club owned by Los Angeles DJ Bob Eubanks. Russ Regan wrote the song and offered it to his friend (and business associate?) Marty Cooper, who promptly produced the Cinders' record and got it issued on Warner Bros. Records. Meanwhile Regan produced a version by the Pastel Six, who happened to be the house band at the Cinnamon Cinder. Cooper was disappointed that he didn't have an exclusive with the song and that, despite being on a major label, the Cinders' recording lost out to the Pastel Six's on the short-lived Zen label.

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Circle Game (aka The Circle Game) Ian & Sylvia 1967 (rel. 3-67)
on lp Vanguard VSD 79241 So Much For Dreaming
Buffy Sainte-Marie, Tom Rush, Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos
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Circle Is Small, The Gordon Lightfoot 9-68
on lp United Artists 6672 Back Here On Earth
Gordon Lightfoot (1978 for Warner Bros.)
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City Lights Bill Anderson 3-57
TNT 9015
Ray Price (5-29-58), Conway Twitty, Bill Anderson (1961 for Decca), Mickey Gilley, Jerry Lee Lewis
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City Of New Orleans Steve Goodman 3-23-70
on lp Dunwich 670/Mountain Railroad 52670 Gathering At The Earl Of Old Town
Steve Goodman (1971 for Buddah), Arlo Guthrie, Sammi Smith, Willie Nelson
The Gathering At The Earl Of Old Town was a various-artists studio album by frequent performers at that Chicago club.

Close To You, (They Long To Be) see They Long To Be Close To You
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Close Your Eyes Five Keys 11-16-54
Capitol 3032
Peaches & Herb
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Closer You Get, The Exile 3-31-80
on lp Warner Bros. 3437 Don't Leave Me This Way
Rita Coolidge, Alabama
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Cloudburst Claude Cloud & His Thunderclaps
1954   MGM 55003
Jon Hendricks, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, Leroy Kirkland (1962 for Imperial), Pointer Sisters, Snowboy
Claude Cloud was a pseudonym for guitarist Leroy Kirkland, who had previously played with Jimmy Lunceford's big band.

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Cocaine J. J. Cale 1976
Shelter 62002
Eric Clapton (1977, 1980)
Cole Slaw see Sorghum Switch
C'mon Everybody see Let's Get Together
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Come And Take A Ride In My Boat (aka Come On Down To My Boat) Rare Breed 1967
Attack 1403
Every Mothers' Son
First recorded by Chubby Checker(!), but as yet unreleased.

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Come Back And Stay Jack Lee 1981
on lp Maiden America 1001 Greatest Hits Vol. 1
Paul Young
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Come Back Silly Girl Steve Lawrence 1-12-60
ABC Paramount 10146
Lettermen (11-17-61)
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Come Back When You Grow Up Shadden & The King Lears 1967
Arbel 1016
Bobby Vee (3-17-67)
Come On see Darling Honey Angel Child
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Come On In My Kitchen Robert Johnson 11-23-36
Vocalion 03563
Taj Mahal, Steve Miller, Climax Blues Band
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Come On Over Bee Gees 1-23-75
on lp RSO 4807 Main Course
Olivia Newton-John
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Come On-A My House Kay Armen 1951
Federal 14001
Rosemary Clooney (6-6-51), William Saroyan & Ross Bagdasarian, Kay Starr, Richard Hayes
The song was written in 1939 by cousins Ross Bagdasarian and Pulitzer-Prize-winning author William Saroyan while driving across New Mexico. It wasn't performed until the 1950 off-Broadway play The Son, but Armen was the first to record it. Bagdasarian, as David Seville, went on to much fame with his Chipmunks recordings, particularly the perennial Christmas hit "The Chipmunk Song."

The 45 issue (at least some early pressings) has a 42 second introduction that explains the "old country ways" of the song's protagonist. My assumption is it was to diffuse any possible interpretation of the lyrics as scandalous.

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Come To The Sunshine Van Dyke Parks 1966
MGM 13570
Harper's Bizarre
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Come Tomorrow Marie Knight 1961
Okeh 7141
Manfred Mann
Knight's recording was reissued in 1963 on Okeh 7218.

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Come What May Al Casey 1957 (rel. 4-57)
Dot 15563
Etta James (4-22-57), Clyde McPhatter (2-26-58), Elvis Presley
The Four Tunes' 1951 "Come What May" (RCA Victor 4489) is a different song.

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Comin' Home Baby Dave Bailey Quintet 10-6-61
on lp Epic 16021/17021 2 Feet In The Gutter
Herbie Mann (11-17-61), Mel Tormé, Travis Wammack (as "Scratchy"), Kai Winding, Quincy Jones, Danny Gatton
Writer/bassist Ben Tucker played on both Bailey's and Herbie Mann's recordings.

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Compared To What Les McCann 9-9-66
on lp Limelight 86041 Les McCann Plays The Hits
Les McCann & Eddie Harris (6-21-69 for Atlantic), Roberta Flack, Brian Auger's Oblivion Express, Al Jarreau
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Conquistador Procol Harum 1967
on lp Deram 16008
Procol Harum w/ Edmonton Symphony Orch. (1972 for A&M)
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Corrine Corrina (aka Corinna Corinna) Charlie McCoy & Bo Chatman 12-28
Brunswick 7080/Vocalion 02701
Joe Turner, Ray Peterson, Bob Dylan, Siegel-Schwall, Taj Mahal
Bo Chatman, whose real name was Armenter Chatmon, also went by Bo Carter.

The Vocalion issue lists them as Bo Chatman & Charlie McCoy.

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Cotton Song, The (aka Cotton Fields) Leadbelly 1947 (summer)
on lp Folkways FP 14 Huddie Ledbetter Memorial, Vol. 2 (1951)
Highwaymen, Ace Cannon, Beach Boys, CCR
The song has its roots in the 19th century.

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Could It Be Magic Featherbed 1971
Bell 133
Barry Manilow
The song was inspired by Chopin's Prelude in C minor.

Barry Manilow was a session singer on a previous recording issued by Featherbed ("Amy") and Bell Records wanted a followup. There was no real group by that name but Barry & Tony Orlando had written "Magic" and went with it. Some of the lyrics were rewritten for Manlow's subsequent hit version.

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Country Boy Heads Hands & Feet 1971
on lp Capitol SVBB 680
Albert Lee, Ricky Skaggs
Cousin Of Mine see He's A Cousin Of Mine
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Cowboy Love Song (aka Red River Valley, aka Red River Rock) Carl T. Sprague 8-5-25
Victor 20067
Gene Autry, Woody Guthrie, Johnny & Hurricanes
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Crazy Arms Kenny Brown & Marilyn Kaye & Arkansas Ramblers 1955
Pep 102
Ray Price (3-1-56), Jerry Lee Lewis (11-56), Patsy Cline, Bob Beckham, The Bunch, Linda Ronstadt, Willie Nelson, BR 549 et al.
Crazy Otto, The see beschwipste Drahtkommode, Die
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Cristo Redentor (aka Christo Redentor) Donald Byrd 1-12-63
Blue Note 1907
Charlie Musselwhite (as "Christo Redemptor"), Harvey Mandell, Duke Pearson, Donald Byrd (1978 for Elektra)
While on tour in Brazil, Duke Pearson was inspired to write "Cristo Redentor" after seeing the Christ statue on Corcovado Peak.

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Crooked Little House (aka Crooked Little Man aka Don't Let The Rain Come Down) Jimmie Rodgers c. 6-60
on lp Roulette 25128/Forum 9025 At Home With Jimmie Rodgers, An Evening Of Folk Songs
Serendipity Singers
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Cross Road Blues (aka Crossroads) Robert Johnson 11-27-36
Vocalion 03519
Eric Clapton & Powerhouse, Cream
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Cruel To Be Kind Brinsley Schwarz 1974 (fall)
on lp UK Decal LIK 22 It's All Over Now (1988)
Nick Lowe, Letters To Cleo, Marshall Crenshaw
A different mix of the Brinsley Schwarz recording was issued in 1978 (UK Radar ADA 12), credited to group vocalist Nick Lowe.

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Cry Ruth Casey 1951
Cadillac 103
Johnnie Ray (10-16-51)
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Cry Baby Scarlets 2-55
Red Robin 135
Bonnie Sisters
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Cryin' Time Buck Owens 12-1-64
Capitol 5336
Ray Charles (6-65)
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Crying At Daybreak (aka Smokestack Lightning) Howlin' Wolf 10-2-51
RPM 340
Howlin' Wolf (1-56 as "Smoke Stack Lightning"), Muddy Waters, Yardbirds, Manfred Mann, Grateful Dead, George Thorogood, Aerosmith, Soundgarden et el.
Since this is essentially a one-chord song with vocal riffing, the lyrics vary from version to version. Wolf's "Crying At Daybreak" does include the words "Smokestack Lightning" though.

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Crying Game, The Dave Berry 1964
London 9698
Brenda Lee (12-30-64), Ian & Zodiacs, Boy George
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Crying In The Chapel Darrell Glenn 1953
Valley 105
Rex Allen, (6-5-53), June Valli (6-11-53), Orioles (6-30-53), Ella Fitzgerald, Elvis Presley
Artie Glenn wrote the song specifically for his son Darrell to sing.

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Cum On Feel The Noize Slade 1973
Polydor 15069
Quiet Riot, Oasis
While Slade's version was a number one hit in England, it was all but ignored in the States.

Custard Pie see I Want Some Of Your Pie
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Cut Across Shorty Eddie Cochran 1-8-60
Liberty 55242
Carl Smith, Rod Stewart, Faces