"MOODY RIVER," #1 hit in 1961 by Pat Boone. Here is the original by 'Chase Webster.'

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  1. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    Before my time listening to rock & roll radio but not by much. I heard PAT BOONE'S "Moody River" in the late 1960s sometime and loved it. Found a cheap DOT 45 of it and played it to death..

    Today is the first time I've ever heard the original, sung by the author. I like this drummer much better, he's kinda rockin' it...

     
  2. Steve Hoffman

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    Pat Boone's #1 hit version.



    I like 'em both..
     
  3. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialistâ„¢

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    Kind of leaning towards Chase Webster's version for the same reason Steve. Trying to choose though is kind of like picking your favorite child to me.
     
  4. Lemon Curry

    Lemon Curry (A) Face In The Crowd

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    Never heard either, but the feel of the original really suits the song.
     
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  5. Steve Hoffman

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    It's a great song either way. Love that rockin' drummer man on the original.

    Billy Vaughn was an expert and finding something obscure and imitating it almost exactly (Swingin' Safari, etc.) I'm glad Pat Boone got a last #1 record though; he's a nice guy..
     
  6. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialistâ„¢

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    :agree: Oh agreed, that original drumming really works so well for the song. Pat Boone does it justice in a different and unique way while carrying the torch.
     
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  7. goodiesguy

    goodiesguy Radio A-Go-Go

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    It's certainly got a nice sound, and I agree about the drumming. But it does feel a bit like a Presley imitation, while Pat with his balladry skills manages to pull off the moodiness of the song. About even here I think.
     
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  8. swandown

    swandown Under Assistant West Coast Forum Resident

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    Chase Webster sounds more than a bit like Elvis.

    The piano sounds like it was borrowed from Joe Meek.

    Frank Sinatra did a decent version of the song....

     
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  9. bumbletort

    bumbletort Senior Member

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    Wow. New to me. I like it a lot more than Pat's. Sorry, Pat, but we'll always have "Love Letters in the Sand" and "April Love".
     
  10. douglas mcclenaghan

    douglas mcclenaghan Forum Resident

    Another cool version:
     
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  11. John B Good

    John B Good Forum Hall Of Fame

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    Love hearing these (to me) unknown versions. But it brings up, what is a "vainest" knife?
     
  12. coot

    coot Forum Resident

    a year later a river takes another life :shh:...it was a tough decade.:hugs:

    Patches-Dickie Lee-1962...




     
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  13. Chris C

    Chris C Music was my first love and it will be my last!

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    Fun to hear the Chase Webster version, thanks @Steve Hoffman!

    Pat's version has always been one of those interesting singles in my collection. I've never loved it or gone out of my way to play it, but somehow when it finally hits a turntable in my home, it always comes with a smile.

    Like most songs that the late Doc Watson covered, his take of "Moody River" is certainly worth a listen, as he always brings out the "honesty" of a songs lyrics ...

     
  14. Rick Bartlett

    Rick Bartlett Forum Resident

    I love Pat's version, but I think my favorite was Johnny Burnette's, which sounds like a copycat version of Chase's.
     
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  15. Steve Hoffman

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    Rivers have been killing lovers in songs forever.. Here's BLUE RIVER by Al Jolson from 93 years ago.

     
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  16. bumbletort

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    WOW. This is now my favorite version. And of course it is. It's Doc Watson.

    I've seen genuine genius very few times in my life. But I saw it the night I saw Doc. And it went far beyond the brilliant performance--it was the control he had over everybody in the entire hall. I had never seen anything like it before. This was long ago, and I know now I will never see it again.

    Thank you for posting this.
     
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  17. Steve Hoffman

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    Ate lunch with Doc in 1976 at KLAC Radio. It was an honor.
     
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  18. HorseyAnn

    HorseyAnn Equine-loving rhyme-artist

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    I hadn't heard this song before. Thank you very much for sharing.

    Now onto my opinions. Although I like both of them, I prefer this version as I like this style of singing better. They've both got beautiful voices but I think he put more into it than the other singer.
     
  19. mpayan

    mpayan Forum Resident

    Its just a good flowing song. I like all the versions.
     
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  20. McLover

    McLover Forum Resident

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    Love Pat Boone's Dot 45 a lot, mine gets played every now and then, I still enjoy it. And Billy Vaughn's arrangement is excellent. Mine however is a late 1960's reissue backed with "Speedy Gonzales"
     
  21. Chris C

    Chris C Music was my first love and it will be my last!

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    You are most welcome! I finally had the pleasure of personally thanking both John McEuen and Jeff Hanna of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band for introducing me to so many great legends on their "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" album in 1972, when I met them after a show in Kent, Ohio a few years ago. Doc Watson was my favorite find on that album. If his takes on "Tennessee Stud" and "Black Mountain Rag" don't move you, nothing will!!!
     
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  22. Chris C

    Chris C Music was my first love and it will be my last!

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    "Speedy Gonzales" featuring Robin ("Wonderful Summer" and backup singer on all "Partridge Family" songs) Ward. I can hear her in my head right now ... "La, La, La ..., La, La, La, La, La, La ... :righton:
     
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  23. Steve Hoffman

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    Jackie (Robin) Ward is great, I have stories. But, she's still with us so no.. Fantastic person..
     
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  24. Chris C

    Chris C Music was my first love and it will be my last!

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    I so love her rare singles that were released on DOT after "Wonderful Summer", including "In His Car" and "Winter's Here". Sad that her own career never really took off, but she has a fan in me!

     
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  25. Steve Hoffman

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    She had that amazing ability to sing like a teenage girl. Her real singing voice is different..

    Not sped up, either. All her stuff was engineered at Gold Star by Larry Levine and Stan Ross..
     
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