For the young people out there, this song is a classic. It’s based on a story of how a young couple has a date and the girl is killed in a car accident on the way home.. I have had more than a few conversations with others that think it’s a Pearl Jam original. I would laugh and laugh. IT’S NOT?
I must say, the first time I heard the Pearl Jam version, I was pissed. I thought they were too hardcore, but after listening to it a few times, they did the best version. I was remembering the fist time I heard it as a kid in Calgary Canada by a Canadian group Wednesday in 1973. I loved the song.
The song was originally released by Wayne Cochran in 1961, then brought back again in 1963 by J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers. In 1973, Wednesday did their version. And Finally, In 1999, Pearl Jam (almost 40 years after the fact).
So the lesson is, do a little research. Just because your favorite band comes out with a new song, doesn’t mean it’s theirs. Although, Pearl Jam was smart, they took a 38 year old song, didn’t claim it, just rocked it.