In today’s post, I wanted to talk about the song “Three Cool Cats”. The Eclectic Vinyl Orchestra has been covering this song from almost the beginning of the band. It was a 1958 song that was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller who were the subject of an earlier post. It has been described as a “good-humored storytelling” song that the team of Leiber and Stoller specialized in writing. It’s a story of three cool cats trying to impress, and failing to impress, three cool chicks.
It was originally recorded by The Coasters as the B side to their single “Charlie Brown”. It was released on Atlantic Records, again the subject of an earlier post.
I think I first heard it by the Beatles and I may have heard it as a background segment for three models walking the runway on “Fashion TV’. The song was part of the Beatle’s fifteen song demo they recorded for their Decca Records audition in 1962. It featured George Harrison’s vocals and was released on their Anthology CD in the 90s.
As an aside, I have been a longtime fan of Ry Cooder. His albums always contained eclectic and interesting covers. He introduced me to many an R and B song that, when I went back to check out the original version, I realized how eclectic and original his version was. “Three Cool Cats” appears on his 2005 album Chávez Ravine, with vocals performed by Little Willie G (Willie Garcia). That’s the version that caused EVO to cover the song. Give it a listen.
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