Released Formally, however, this song could hardly be called a medley, as by definition a medley is a piece composed from parts of existing pieces. Culture Wikia is a FANDOM Lifestyle Community. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number-one singles, Song recordings produced by George Martin, Songs written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Live! Label: Top Rank International - 45-HTR-501 • Format: Vinyl 7 Wilbert Harrison - Kansas City (1959, Vinyl) | Discogs The recordings range from 1954's 'Don't Drop It' (for Savoy label) to almost 20 of his Fury recordings (some unissued), then on to sides for Vest and Sue labels during the 60s.  Littlefield recorded the song in Los Angeles in 1952, during his first recording session for Federal Records, a King Records subsidiary. Also, the Grateful Dead played the song on October 28th 1985 the day after the Kansas City Royals won their first World Series. Recorded Harrison recorded "Kansas City" for the Harlem-based entrepreneur Bobby Robinson, who released it on his Fury record label. Federal's Ralph Bass changed the title to "K. C. Lovin'", which he reportedly considered to sound "hipper" than "Kansas City". no. LEVEL 81. The Beatles were also seen on the American television program Shindig! "Kansas City" is a rhythm and blues song written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller in 1952. , "Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison", televised performance, Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, "Fire/Fury/Enjoy/Everlast Album Discographies", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wilbert_Harrison&oldid=997146203, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 30 December 2020, at 05:38. Kansas City (1959) Let's Work Together (1969) More Songfacts: I Got You BabeSonny & Cher "I Got You Babe" makes Sonny Bono the only person to perform on a #1 hit and also get elected to congress. Wilbert Harrison (January 5, 1929 – October 26, 1994) was an American singer, pianist, guitarist, and harmonica player. After this spike of widespread success, Harrison continued to perform and record, exciting his many fans. Contrary to another review post, this is the best collection available of Wilbert Harrison's early sides.  Brown recorded live performances of the song for his albums Live at the Apollo, Volume II (1968) and Say It Live and Loud (1998; recorded 1968), and in his concert films James Brown: Man to Man and Live at the Boston Garden. Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Harrison had a Billboard #1 record in 1959 with the song "Kansas City".  There was an initial disagreement between the two writers over the song's melody: Leiber (who wrote the lyrics) preferred a traditional blues song, while Stoller wanted a more distinctive vocal line; Stoller ultimately prevailed. Later this particular version has been covered by The Beatles. Wilbert Harrison was born on January 5, 1929 in Charlotte, North Carolina; died on October 26, 1994 in Spencer, North Carolina. "Kansas City" has been recorded by hundreds of performers, including Bill Haley & His Comets from the album Bill Haley and His Comets (1960), Brenda Lee from All the Way (1961), Peggy Lee from Blues Cross Country (1962) and Miss Peggy Lee Sings the Blues (1988), Ace Cannon did an instrumental version on his debut 1962 album Tuff Sax, Trini Lopez as a #23 pop chart single (1963), Dion DiMucci on his album "Runaround Sue" (1961), Jan & Dean from Surf City And Other Swingin' Cities (1963), Jay and the Americans from At the Cafe Wha? Due to redevelopment, the "12th Street and Vine" intersection mentioned in the song no longer exists, but a park roughly in the shape of a grand piano and with a path in the shape of a treble clef exists at the former location, marked by a commemorative plaque.. They taught the song to Littlefield at Maxwell Davis' house, who arranged and provided the tenor sax for the song. Wilbert Harrison wrote Let's Stick Together and Gin and Coconut Milk. Bumps Blackwell The song was performed by Wilbert Harrison . Wilbert Harrison Going To Kansas City Birth: Jan. 5, 1929 Death: Oct. 26, 1994 trans.gif R&B Singer. Wilbert Harrison Top Songs in the Charts Top One Hit Wonders of the 1950s Top Pop One Hit Wonders Kansas City was the #16 song in 1959 in the Pop charts . Parlophone , Kansas City/Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey Shortly after the song's release, several other versions appeared. In 1956 (May 9) Little Richard recorded his own song Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey, also known as "Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! Harrison was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2009. Download Kansas City song on Gaana.com and listen Roots: Recordings That Influenced The Beatles Kansas City song offline. General information So it happened that the public perceived the song "Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey" (released in 1958) as an earlier work than "Kansas City" (released in 1959) and as its predecessor (while in fact it was actually the other way around). ... Wilbert Harrison Song list. Producer(s) Little Richard Script error: No such module "Duration". The song was written in 1952 and was one of the first credited collaborations by the team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Moreover, when Little Richard was recording "Kansas City", the song "Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey" did not yet exist. Billboard magazine's pop song pick of the week for March 30, 1959 listed five different releases of "Kansas City": Harrison's and versions by Hank Ballard and The Midnighters (King 5195), Rocky Olson (Chess 1723), Rockin' Ronald & the Rebels (End 1043), and a reissue by Littlefield (Federal 12351). First recorded by Little Willie Littlefield the same year, the song later became a … In 1959, the song was suddenly revived, with cover versions (as "Kansas City") recorded by Wilbert Harrison, Little Richard, Rocky Olson, Hank Ballard and The Midnighters, and Jack Parnell. Wilbert Harrison is known for recording the definitive version of “Kansas City,” one of the great rock and roll songs of all time. "Kansas City" is a rhythm and blues song written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller in 1952. Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Harrison had a Billboard #1 record in 1959 with the song "Kansas City". Rider" "New York's World Fair" and "Until The Real Thing Comes Along." Template:Beatles for Sale. Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, the soul and rnb artist influenced numerous musicians during his mutli-decade career and also played a role in the evolution of rock n roll music. Ten versions of the song are featured on the 1994 album, The Best of Kansas City. The song was originally released by Harrison in 1962 with different lyrics as "Let's Stick Together" on Fury 1059 and Fury 1063.. Harrison died of a stroke in 1994, in a Spencer, North Carolina, nursing home at the age of 65. Song: Kansas City. The litigation, which lasted until September 1959, abruptly prevented Robinson from issuing follow-ups to "Kansas City" while Harrison was a star. Recorded Source. MERCHANDISE. October 18, 1964 Littlefield's record had some success in parts of the U.S., but it did not reach the national chart. Template:Infobox single performing the medley live in October 1964. It was recorded by Wilbert Harrison, who took it to the top of the pop and R&B charts, outdistancing competing chart versions by Hank Ballard, Rocky Olson, and Little Richard. Sings the Big Ones for Young Lovers (1964), The Everly Brothers from Rock & Soul (1965), Tom Jones from From the Heart (1966), Albert King from Born Under A Bad Sign (1967), Muddy Waters from Muddy "Mississippi" Waters – Live (1979), and Dean Reed from the album Rock'n'Roll Country Romantic"(1980). Piano on the track was played by George Martin. Genre "Kansas City" became one of Leiber and Stoller's "most recorded tunes, with more than three hundred versions," with several appearing in the R&B and pop record charts. This recording is available to play on SingSnap 2.0! Label Released (mono version)Script error: No such module "Duration". Artist List of songs with Songfacts entries for Wilbert Harrison. Rock and roll Very unprepossessing, very charming. Sings the Big Ones for Young Lovers, List of Hot 100 number-one singles of 1959 (U.S.), List of number-one R&B singles of 1959 (U.S.), Ask "Mr. Music" - October 24, 2011 - "The end of 78s, the beginning of the LP format", https://culture.fandom.com/wiki/Kansas_City_(Leiber_and_Stoller_song)?oldid=8290. Listen to Kansas City by Wilbert Harrison on Apple Music. Recording information by S o n y a K a y GOLD. In 1970, Harrison had some success with "My Heart Is Yours", and he toured for many years with a band known as 'Wilbert Harrison and the Roamers', and as a solo act. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Kansas City by SonyaKay . New OrleansSeptember 13, 1955 Specialty (Cat. Harrison's version was a huge hit, and the song became a popular standard. Information for #b9a42d309.  It was also recorded by country rock band the Kentucky Headhunters for the soundtrack to the movie Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man. 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