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El Cóndor Pasa (If I Could) original

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Is El Cóndor Pasa the If I Could original?

In 1913, Peruvian composer Daniel Alomía Robles wrote an orchestral work titled “El Cóndor Pasa”. Thanks to American folk-rock duo Simon & Garfunkel’s 1970 cover “El Cóndor Pasa (If I Could)”, Alomía Robles’ composition became the best-known Peruvian song in the English-speaking world. Although influenced by traditional Andean music, Alomía Robles created and composed the “El Cóndor Pasa (If I Could)” original. However, it took a lawsuit to get his name listed as the song’s co-writer on the Simon & Garfunkel version.

California Dreamin’ original

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California Dreamin’ original recorded before the Mamas & the Papas

Newlywed singer songerwriters John and Michelle Phillips wrote “California Dreamin'” in 1963. It’s a song about longing for the warmth of Los Angeles during a cold New York winter. The Phillips’ group, the Mamas & the Papas, released a version of the song in December 1965. This version is widely recognised for ushering in the counterculture era. However, it was folk rocker Barry McGuire who recorded the “California Dreamin'” original earlier that year. The Mamas & the Papas sung backups for McGuire’s original version.

As well as marking a transition from yeah-yeah 60s to hippie 60s, I find “California Dreamin'” highly relatable. That’s because I detest the cold and am constantly dreaming of someplace warm.

The House of the Rising Sun Original

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“The House of the Rising Sun” tells a tale of life gone wrong in New Orleans. In 1964 by British rock group the Animals made the song a number one hit in the UK, US and Canada. In a period where R&B was transitioning to rock, It is considered the first folk-rock hit. But what about the unknown original version of this song?