FEVER * LITTLE WILLIE JOHN * PARLOPHONE 4209 * UK
Although this, the original version of Fever, was a hit in the R&B market, and had cross-over appeal selling reasonably well in the Pop field, it was Peggy Lee (see below) who made the song famous two years later in 1958. Since then it has been covered and recorded innumerable times in many different genres, Alvin Robinson recorded a very good version for Red Bird in 1964 (see below), and notably by top group The Cramps in 1980.
It was first released on the King label #4935, in May 1956, some copies issued with a picture sleeve! and in the UK in September the same year, on both 78 RPM and 45 RPM formats.
Little Willie John first recorded for King, age 17 in 1955 with All Around The World #4818; the above 10" 78 RPM was his first UK release.
FEVER * PEGGY LEE * CAPITOL 14902 * UK
FEVER * ALVIN ROBINSON * RED BIRD 010 * UK
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