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Will Fly Rick Astley anyone? (69* d) RE: Rick Astley anyone? 16 Dec 18

I've never understood why anyone should get worked up about any performer. If you don't like them, you don't like them; if you like them, you like them. Why worry about what other people think? All taste is personal and all opinions can vary wildly. What does it matter?

I don't think I know anything by Rick Astley, so I can't comment. I think the early Elvis was unique and - as Sam Phillips recognised - brought a unique combination of styles to music. As for him ripping people off, well, "cover" versions of songs may well be more popular than the originals, sad though it may be. I prefer Big Mama Thornton's original "Hound Dog" to Elvis's version; on the other hand, I think he injects more sexual feeling into Smiley Lewis's 'One Night With You" than is in the original.

And think of poor old Arthur Alexander, who wrote and recorded superb songs - most of which were recorded and became hits for other people: "Anna", "You Better Move On", "Go Home Girl", etc.

Now, here's my confession: I can't stand Frank Sinatra - though I can appreciate his talent and artistry - and I only like early Billie Holiday, not her later stuff. I'll get me coat...

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