“Its All Over Now” Performed by The Rolling Stones (1964) & The Valentinos (1963)

March 15, 2012


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#1 UK, #26 USA

Even though “It’s All Over Now” was The Rolling Stones first #1 hit single in the UK, this cover tune didn’t do as well here in the USA. “It’s All Over Now” was the group’s  first Top 30 hit here in the USA,  charting #26. But it is number one with me and one of the more memorable British Invasion tracks in my minds eye.

I distinctly remember being on pins and needles waiting to see The Rolling Stones first Ed Sullivan performance. These were supposed to be the “bad boys” of Rock and Roll as opposed to The Beatles “good boy” image.

You see the Beatles stayed in place while they sang, except for what I call the John semi-squat (LOL) and the shaking of the mop tops when the perfunctory Little Richard “Wooooo” was sung.

When I saw Mick Jagger makes his moves on the stage I was awestruck. Of course watching them now they seem so tame since basically all Mick did was move from side to side – front to back — hop in place and raise his hands to clap. Nevertheless I was a fan the minute I saw them and this song brings back those early memories of The Stones.

I have never seen The Stones perform live, but I am thinking that I want to make their 50th Anniversary Tour coming up on 2013 if the price is right and the gods are willing (GRIN)!

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#94 Pop in 1964

Bet you didn’t know that “It’s All Over Now” was a cover of a 1963 original song, composed by Bobby & Shirley Jean Womack, and recorded by Sam Cooke’s protegee group The Valentinos — fronted  by their young lead singer Bobby Womack. The group consisted of what was formerly the gospel Group The Womack Brothers minus their preacher Father.

Check out the original recording on Cooke’s SAR Records in the audio clip above. Then watch the solo artist Womack perform his classic tune years later on the David Letterman Show.

 

Just one more thing before you go — please vote for your favorite rendition of “It’s All Over Now.” The song has been covered many times over the decades so feel free to write in your vote and use the comment section to share your thoughts on your selection.

Musically Yours,

 

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