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This is a Blues standard first recorded by Ma Rainey, whose version hit #12 in 1925 as "See See Rider Blues." The "C.C. Rider," also known as "See See Rider" or "Easy Rider," is a Blues cliché for the sexual partner, although originally it referred to the guitar hung on the back of the traveling bluesman. (thanks, Patrick - Port Arthur, TX)
Willis' version started "The Stroll" dance craze. The Diamonds (of "Little Darlin'" fame) capitalized by writing and releasing "The Stroll," which peaked at #4 as it sold over one million copies.
In 1965, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels incorporated "C.C. Rider" into a medley of songs with Little Richard's "Jenny Jenny." This version peaked at #10 in the US in early January, 1966.
Richie Wise (Kiss producer, Dust)
Richie talks about producing the first two Kiss albums, recording "Brother Louie," and the newfound appreciation of his rock band, Dust.
Allen Toussaint - "Southern Nights"
A song he wrote and recorded from "sheer spiritual inspiration," Allen's didn't think "Southern Nights" had hit potential until Glen Campbell took it to #1 two years later.
His keyboard work helped define the Muscle Shoals sound and make him an integral part of many Neil Young recordings. Spooner is also an accomplished songwriter, whose hits include "I'm Your Puppet" and "Cry Like A Baby."