Saturday, November 25, 2006

Various Artists - Fever Part One

"Fever" a tale of passionate love was originally recorded by a singer named Little Willie John. In 1937, he was born William Edgar John in Arkansas. He was one of the first R&B singers, fairly popular in the late '50s and early '60s. Although he was a major influence on Soul singers of the '60s, he remains relatively unknown today. His nickname came from his slight height - he was only 5'4". After stabbing a man to death, he was jailed for manslaughter and died in prison when he was only 30 years old. The cause of his death is disputed - with reasons given ranging from a heart attack, pneumonia, asphyxiation, or as the result of beatings received in prison. His songs have been covered by many artists - The Beatles recorded "Leave My Kitten Alone" for the Beatles for Sale sessions, but never released it (It did appear on their Anthology 1 cd-set). Little Willie John was posthumously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

There is some controversy over who wrote this, but according to Otis Blackwell, he wrote it with Eddie Cooley. Otis Blackwell was a singer/songwriter/pianist, but most well-known for his songwriting. Some famous songs he wrote/co-wrote are "Don't Be Cruel," "All Shook Up," "Return To Sender," "One Broken Heart For Sale," "Easy Question," "Great Balls of Fire," "Just Keep It Up," and "Handy Man." Cooley was a songwriting partner on many of his songs, and according to Blackwell, they had an agreement that Cooley would split his weekly paycheck as a jeweler with him. They would pen songs together and Blackwell would go to New York City to "hustle" them. Blackwell had this credited to the name John Davenport (his stepfather) because he was under contract at RCA and was concerned he wouldn't get royalties for it. Blackwell said in an interview that Little Willie John didn't want to record this at first because he didn't like the finger snapping.

Peggy Lee recorded the most famous version of this song. She was born Norma Deloris Egstrom on May 26, 1920 in Jamestown, North Dakota. Her break came when she was discovered by bandleader Benny Goodman. Lee was a Blues-influenced Jazz singer and also a songwriter, with such hits as the songs from Disney's Lady and the Tramp, in which she also sang and voiced a few characters. A triple-threat of her day, she was also an actress with a role in a remake of The Jazz Singer and was nominated for an Oscar for her role as an alcoholic Blues singer in Pete Kelly's Blues.

There are many more artists who recorded "Fever". This is a compilation of a couple of them. The last four songs on this compilation are not the song "Fever" but have the same instrumental drive. Check it out.

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V-Tone said...


01. Little Willie John - Fever
02. Les Elgart - Fever
03. Peggy Lee - Fever
04. Elvis Presley - Fever
05. Wanda Jackson - Fever
06. Johnny Guitar Watson - Fever
07. Helen Shapiro - Fever
08. Maureen Evans - Fever
09. Clyde Mc. Phatter - Fever
10. Earl Grant - Fever
11. King Curtis - Fever
12. Camisas Negras - Fiebre
13. Jerry Butler & Betty Everett - Fever
14. The Three Suns - Fever
15. Emile Ford & The Checkmates - Fever
16. Bobby Bland - Fever
17. Richard Marino & His Orchestra - Fever
18. The Dimensions - Fever
19. Ray Peterson - Fever
20. Michel Laurent - Ailleurs
21. The Sarah Cantine Trio - Fever
22. Chubby Checker - Fever
23. Ben E.King - Fever
24. Chance Halladay - Thirteen Woman
25. Merv Griffin - Hey Pretty Baby
26. The Mark V - Cleo
27. Mark Valentino - Penny For Your Toughts

Yoshi said...


I didn't know there were so much versions of this song, very impressive.

Ricky F said...

Great compilation.
It gives me the musical fever.

Anonymous said...


Hope you are also gooing to make Fever Part 3

Kind regard


from Holland