“Almost Saturday Night” is a John Fogerty song from 1975. The 1981 cover by Dave Edmunds had more success on the charts.
“Heartaches by the Number” was most popular in the 1959 version by Guy Michell. Modern artists like Dwight Yoakam and Rosanne Cash have kept it alive.
Richard Thompson’s “Wall of Death” was the last song on Shoot Out the Lights (1982), the last album he recorded with his then wife Linda. He has continued to perform it solo. R.E.M. covered it on a Thompson tribute album in 1994.
“St. James Infirmary Blues” was made famous through Louis Armstrong’s 1928 recording. Check out the 1990 version by the Tarbox Ramblers.
“Unchained Melody” was written for the 1955 film Unchained. The most famous version is the 1965 recording by the Righteous Brothers.
Rabbit Brown recorded “James Alley Blues” for Victor Records on May 11, 1927. It was included in Harry Smith’s 1952 great Anthology of American Folk Music. Roger McGuinn, Jeff Tweedy, and Jay Bennett covered it on an album that was a tribute to the anthology.
The most famous version of “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” was by The First Edition which featured Kenny Rogers who passed away this week.