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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by pookie613, Jun 11, 2021.
Inquiring minds must know-- which version do you prefer?
Both are fine with me. Don't forget the original 1954 version written and played by Johnny Smith.
Thanks for posting that... I wasn't aware, and IMO, it sounds a lot more natural than The Ventures' versions. Unfortunately, it supports the view that music got "dumbed down" earlier than I'd thought!
When I started out playing, I learnt Hank Marvins' version.
Didn't know it had been done before. You learn something new everyday, as the saying goes.
It's odd that they "improved" it in 1964. The descending chord progression was de-emphasized and supplemented with the "Pipeline"/"Misirlou" riff that became a staple of surf music. I suppose that the addition of the keyboards made it seem more modern like "Telstar" but sounds kinda cheesy nowadays. I prefer the louder melody mix and the staccato chord punctuation of the '64 version's chord-abbreviated bridge, but not much else. IMO...
I like them both, for different reasons, but lean toward 64 because I was fifteen and first getting into guitar.
'60 is perfect, '64 pointless.
Johnny Smith by a mile.
Never heard the JohnnySmith before now. Grooooovy.