For this first episode of Uncovering the Cover, we’ll dive into the story of “Last Kiss”, composed and originally recorded by Wayne Cochran, but made famous by J Frank Wilson & the Cavaliers in the 1960s and Pearl Jam in the 1990s.
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Almost by accident, this song became Pearl Jam’s most popular ever up to this day, a song that grew into a one-hit wonder with two different rock n roll bands. A song that transcended three different generations of rock fans who infiltrated the song into the pop charts in 1960s, 1970s and 1990s.
This song also has a profound impact in Latin American music, having a long tradition on Latino folklore and culture, to the point that most people actually believe the song was originally in Spanish. It became the flagship of a very unique music subgenre that hooked teenagers in America during the 50s and 60s, with songs about death, young love and fatal car accidents. But despite all of it, the original version of this song was a total commercial flop.
Welcome to Uncovering the Cover. The podcast where we tell the story of the songs that have captured our imagination… throughout several generations. Today, we’re uncovering the covers that made this song one of the most dedicated, depressing, prophetic, tragic and one of the most covered songs in history… This is Uncovering the Cover: Last Kiss.