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Rock of Ages.

Byline: Jade Wright

No. 1 singles from this week, with Jade Wright 1965 Roger Miller - King of the Road Written and originally recorded by country singer Roger Miller, King of the Road went on to be one of the most covered songs of all time.

The lyrics tell of a rambling man who, although being poor, also feels free, and describes himself jokingly as the "king of the road".

It was said it was written at the Idanha Hotel in Boise, Idaho.

The song is featured in Wim Wenders' 1976 film, Im Lauf der Zeit (In Due Time; English title Kings of the Road). It is also featured at the beginning of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Brokeback Mountain, Into the Wild and in Swingers, Miller performs it in the concert film The Big TNT Show.

Over the years it has been covered by Dean Martin, Jack Jones, Boney M, REM, Johnny Paycheck, The Chipmunks, Boxcar Willie, Randy Travis, Rangers, James Kilbane, John Stevens, the Statler Brothers, Rufus Wainwright & Teddy Thompson, Giant Sand, The Proclaimers, Ray Conniff Singers and The Reverend Horton Heat.

1977 Rod Stewart - I Don't Want to Talk About It / First Cut is the Deepest THE most popular version of Cat Stevens' First Cut Is the Deepest was recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama by Rod Stewart, pictured above, and released as a double A-side single with I Don't Want to Talk About It.

Stevens had originally made a demo recording of The First Cut Is the Deepest in 1967, but originally hoped to become a songwriter.

He then sold the song for pounds 30 to PP Arnold and it became a huge hit for her, and an international hit, for Keith Hampshire.

It later won Stevens songwriting awards, including two consecutive ASCAP songwriting awards for Songwriter of the Year in 2005 and 2006, after Sheryl Crow released her own cover version.

But Rod's double A side remains the biggest success, and spent four weeks at number one on the UK singles chart.

There have been persistent rumours - never confirmed or denied - that the actual best-selling single of that week had been the controversial God Save The Queen by the Sex Pistols, but it was kept off number one because it was felt that it might cause offence.

So, Rod's two covers took the top spot.

I Don't Want to Talk About It was written by Danny Whitten and released by his band Crazy Horse on their 1971 eponymous album..
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 16, 2009
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