McCartney demo giveaway... -- Didn't know this huge '70's hit was a cover version... -- Great band gets to No. 1 by getting really...strange?

(Cover art to Badfinger's debut album, Feb. 1970; courtesy of Apple Records)

7/24/1969 (48 years ago today) - Abbey Road studios, London: Paul McCartney records a working version of a new song titled "Come And Get It", but it doesn't feel like it fits in with the other tracks The Beatles were running through on this day ("Sun King" and "Mean Mr. Mustard"). What to do? Pass it along to a group they really like called The Iveys who have just signed to their Apple record label; a few weeks from now the band changes their name to Badfinger...

7/24/1971 (46 years ago today) - Dropping the "Paul Revere And..." from their name pays off with The Raiders classic "Indian Reservation" hitting No. 1 on the singles chart. We did not know it was a cover version(!): the song was written by legendary folk artist John D. Loudermilk (who also wrote "Tobacco Road") and originally recorded by Marvin Rainwater [not kidding] in 1959 under the title "The Pale Faced Indian"; somewhat thankfully, that version went by largely unnoticed...

7/24/1993 (24 years ago today) - Has it really been that many years ago...?: One of U2's most-experimental-but-still-cool albums reaches No. 1 -- "Zooropa" tops the U.S. chart for two weeks and then wins the Grammy award (in '94) for "Best Alternative Music Album". There's truly excellent stuff on this one, including "Some Days Are Better Than Others", "Numb", "Stay (Faraway So Close)", "Lemon" and "The Wanderer" featuring none other than Johnny Cash! While this disc certainly frustrated many fans when it was released, years later (seemingly as always with U2) it sounds quite fantastic, of course...

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