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Ain't No Big thing -versions

Mention of this by Kolla dragged up memories that mucker reckoned that this is one of the most covered northern connected soul sides.

He said that once he managed to list 50+ of them, "go on name again" I said , but time was against us

So in a spirit of Sat afternoon boredom, will list a few I can remember, and feel free to add versions

Or add ought info, orig first version? any trivia etc etc

Or if think theres another "contender" for most covered version...... get it up!!

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Just been fishin'.....

JESSE LITTLE JR AND THE TEARDROPS AINT NO BIG THING

LITTLE JOE AND THE LATINAIRS AINT NO BIG THING

ROYAL FIVE AINT NO BIG THING

VAN MCCOY AINT NO BIG THING

JORDAN BROTHERS AINT NO BIG THING

COTILLIONS AINT NO BIG THING

JAMES JIMMY AND THE VAGABONDS AINT NO BIG THING

JIMMY JAMES AINT NO BIG THING

RADIANTS AINT NO BIG THING

Nick

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Kollas orignal

Tempests/Jimmy James/Radiants "Ain't No Big Thing"

Then Nick got in, pinching some ones was going to post, so just one other for now

Burn you a new one - no not a dodgy mp3 cd site, but the Embers Lp -one with "aware of love" on that also has a version of Ain't No Big Thing

is the Van MCoy one ?

Using my vast photgraphic like memory (otherwise known as google), says he wrote one same title, different song

info got at hand says

g sims being the writer credited to chevis music company

gerald sims??

gotta rush, more later.....

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this should be a laugh, tying to get to 50

as seems theres a fair few other similar titled songs

such as aint no big thing (but its growing) was recorded by likes of elvis and 32 others inc finbar saunders going by the title

anyway few more of the Gerald Sims one

electrons almost sure?

sly slick and wicked

Ringos - Ain't No Big Thing ?

tommy sands?

catalinas 79 lp

olympics - unissued ? appears on recent cd

? not heard, but possible

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electrons is same as the others but van mccoy is completely different song. hope this helps.

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yep very helpful Benji, cheers!

put a ? by ones not 100% sure off, so if anyone can confirm/deny :)

Seems theres also another similiar titled one "t'aint no big thing" - which is a john lee hooker type of thing

other not confirmed but fit the bill

Scotty Todd on Phillips ?

one that desperate to hear is Ralfi Pagan version, on Ralfi Pagan With Love lp, dunno if got 45 release, but did get issued as flip of latin soul on spanish vampisoul reissue 45 recently.

above one a good example of why wasting me time, not just a case of digging, its a cases of most of the times its the stuff that you stumble across is what that makes it enjoyable.

Ther Ralfi Pagan led me to some cracking latin soul stuff

anyway add

Scotty Todd?

Ralfi Pagan?

Holiday Band? ( a dodgy one as its a recent beach music type cover, but.... :) )

think its about 17 probables so far, dont reckon going to reach that 50 figure but has to be a few more knocking around..maybe

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Guest Kolla

Yeh - I'm sure we can get to 50!

Here's another - Jimmy Cliff . His version of Ain't No Big Thing is awesome.

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And of course there's the SPONTANES version (other side of WHERE DID I GO WRONG on UA)...

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not sure if its the same tune...

Donna Mcghee - It aint no big thing..

fantastic!

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2 others to add, bit sneaky like but struggling now :(

apprently embers have done 2 other versions of it as well

one on other lp and one on 45

as other one mentioned wasn't up to much no strong desire to investigate

thanks to steve for info

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and which is the best

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and which is the best

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Bill Murphy + one on Martin is my fav.

Jordi

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Radiants, Tempests off the Album, Jimmy James must rate as three of the best versions, i know there are many...........

Regards - Mark Bicknell

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Bill Murphy + one on Martin is my fav.

Jordi

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The reason i posted this up was i had just heard B M on an old Dickie Watt tape and thought how good it was any idea of price

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Guest Richard Bergman

and which is the best

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Either Radiants on Chess or Jimmy James does a splendid version

Gawd knows how many version's I'll start the ball rolling and say 50 but I'm probably wrong

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Jimmy James is tops for me,but the Embers version runs it a close second.

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The Spontanes..flip of Where did go wrong..

the gasher

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Guest Richard Bergman

The Spontanes..flip of Where did  go wrong..

the gasher

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Haven't heard this

Any chance of a Soundfile Gash you silver fox you :D

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Guest Richard Bergman

Radiants, Tempests off the Album, Jimmy James must rate as three of the best versions, i know there are many...........

Regards - Mark Bicknell

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Ahh The Tempest's is a good version , but there is some much great stuff ont hat album you sometimes forget it :D

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There must be at least 20 versions or something. Seems to be an extensively covered tune.

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Electrons on Shock/Date is pretty good...

Prefer the Radiants version of those mentioned so far.

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Jordan Brothers on ID Records best I've heard :D

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Jordan Brothers on ID Records best I've heard  :P

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Absolutely Mr W and from the absolute class 5th Anniversary tape too!! :D

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The reason i posted this up was i had just heard B M on an old Dickie Watt tape and thought how good it was any idea of price

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£75 - £100 Ted.

Jordi

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I love playing the Radiants version,nice nice tune indeed...

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I love playing the Radiants version,nice nice tune indeed...

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Anyone mentioned Sparkz on Bell (not the pop group!), which I think was Patrick Adams? Commanda also did it I seem to recall

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Jordan Brothers on ID Records best I've heard  wink.gif

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Me too :ohmy: probably rarest/most expensive too..

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Commanda also did it I seem to recall

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Yep, B-side of one of their Dynamic releases I think but slower than the other cuts I seem to remember...

So let's see......so far we have:

Bill Murphy

Radiants

Tempests

Jimmy James

Spontanes

Electrons

Jordan Bros

Little Joe & latinares

Sparkz

Commands

Any additions?

I've heard the Spontanes cover and thought it was very beachy sounding and not a patch on the flip which is one of my personal faves. I also remember seeing the song on a playlist on Cotillion but can't remember who it was (presuming it's same song of course). Anyone know??

My fave is either Jordan Bros or Little Joe. Tempestes is nice but like Rich said it's often overlooked due to quality of other stuff on album. This said though, it was played by Mr Tony Hatfield at the Friendship last month and sounded superb wink.gif (and got a few dancers I seem to remember)

Mark :ohmy:

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Think i mentioned the EMBERS billy. :ohmy: .

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Guest Brian Ellis

We've done this one before :ohmy: - try this thread

 

Brian

Edited by Mike
topics merged

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BrianEllis said:

We've done this one before :ohmy:  - try this thread

 

Brian

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Ahhh but we have more this time wink.gif

Got 24 so far:

Bill Murphy

Radiants

Tempests

Jimmy James

Spontanes

Electrons

Jordan Bros

Little Joe & Latinares

Sparkz

Commands

Embers

Holiday Band

Jimmy Cliff

Little Jesse & Teardrops

Ringos

Sly Slick & Wicked

Catalinas

Olympics (unreleased)

Cotillions (this must be the one I was thinking of)

Tommy Sands

Ralfi Pagan (unreleased)

Scotty Todd

and an acapella/doo-wop thing on Catamount. Think it's the Royal Counts but not 100% sure. Got a few on label so will have a look in case it's the b-side of one I have...

Billy

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Radiants every time for me.

Lush piece of cheap wax..

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Ahhh but we have more this time :ohmy:

Got 24 so far:

Bill Murphy

Radiants

Tempests

Jimmy James

Spontanes

Electrons

Jordan Bros

Little Joe & Latinares

Sparkz

Commands

Embers

Holiday Band

Jimmy Cliff

Little Jesse & Teardrops

Ringos

Sly Slick & Wicked

Catalinas

Olympics (unreleased)

Cotillions (this must be the one I was thinking of)

Tommy Sands

Ralfi Pagan (unreleased)

Scotty Todd

and an acapella/doo-wop thing on Catamount. Think it's the Royal Counts but not 100% sure. Got a few on label so will have a look in case it's the b-side of one I have...

Billy

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Absolute top draw tune, you could put them all on a comp album and I would listen to them all. Only heard 4 maybe five versions

SCOTTY TODD

RADIANTS

JORDAN BROS

TEMPESTS

SPONTANES?

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Jordan Brothers on ID Records best I've heard  wink.gif

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Better on AVR :ohmy:

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The reason i posted this up was i had just heard B M on an old Dickie Watt tape and thought how good it was any idea of price

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Could be anywhere between £100 & £200 now,here`s a scan :thumbsup:

Dave f..............

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Radiants every time for me.

Lush piece of cheap wax..

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:thumbsup:

Lush bit of cheap wax,that sounds like you mate :yes:

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:P

Lush bit of cheap wax,that sounds like you mate  :D

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anybody want a jordon brother's?

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The Commands never did a version of "Aint No Big Thing", Little Jr. Jesse did on Dynamic as you listed above.

Edited by Firstrak

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Yep, B-side of one of their Dynamic releases I think but slower than the other cuts I seem to remember...

So let's see......so far we have:

Bill Murphy

Radiants

Tempests

Jimmy James

Spontanes

Electrons

Jordan Bros

Little Joe & latinares

Sparkz

Commands

Any additions?

I've heard the Spontanes cover and thought it was very beachy sounding and not a patch on the flip which is one of my personal faves. I also remember seeing the song on a playlist on Cotillion but can't remember who it was (presuming it's same song of course). Anyone know??

My fave is either Jordan Bros or Little Joe. Tempestes is nice but like Rich said it's often overlooked due to quality of other stuff on album. This said though, it was played by Mr Tony Hatfield at the Friendship last month and sounded superb :D (and got a few dancers I seem to remember)

Mark :yes:

SCOTTY TODD---MERCURY WHITE DEMO

Great version---have a spare 50-00/------------85-00 on anglo or manships

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Mercury white demo? Ive not seen it on this label, I have on Philips though

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This could lead onto how many versions of 'I Can't Wait Until I See My Babys Face'..... Your starters for ten! well five anyway...lol

Baby Washington

Sonji Clay

The Monticellos

Aretha Franklin

Pat Thompson

There's loads more i'm sure.

Mark Bicknell.

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oops already posted :thumbsup:

Edited by billytheboot

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the commands have 5 releases on dynaimc, i have all 5 and that song not on any 45.

it was little jr jesse on dynamic

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Jordan Brothers on ID Records best I've heard

I agree, old Rob Marriott spin :ohmy:

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Discussed this once on the old soul talk e-mail list (I think) and sure we ended up with something like 18 versions.....

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Posted (edited)

Just love this version 

 "SLY SLICK AND WICKED 'Ain't no big thing'  
https://youtu.be/vH0UhkJODo8

 only released on cd (I think )?

Edited by Andybellwood

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Also - It ain't no big thing  -  C.P. Miller, a nice soulful reggae version on 80's UK label Hot Vinyl

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25 minutes ago, Hill868 said:

Also - It ain't no big thing  -  C.P. Miller, a nice soulful reggae version on 80's UK label Hot Vinyl

Count Prince Miller . Great call . 

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gerald sims also wrote voice your choice for the radiants and recorded...produced and arranged many others..member of the daylighters...chicago soul legend..bobA said he was still playing guitar in  Chiicago a fewyears ago....he wouldbe 80 now........had his own label....Gerim.............. roe-o-tations......

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