Ray Sharpe's "Linda Lu" is one of those second or third tier obscuros that's been covered by a million bands, but the original is only really known by people from the era (1959), people from Texas (he's from Fort Worth), and old rock 'n' roll fiends and collectors. Sharpe was no Chuck Berry, but he sure wanted to be. To that end, "Linda Lu" has some mileage on it. Bobby Fuller covered it, as did Johnny Otis, Roy Head and a bunch of others, including the Stones (who recorded an unreleased version in 1979). The B-side of the record "Monkey's Uncle" is more like a total rip off of Chuck Berry, and despite being produced by Lee Hazelwood and featuring Wrecking Crew mainstay Al Casey on guitar, still manages to come off as the Velvet Underground doing Chuck Berry, particularly the first twenty seconds. You might not hear it, I hear things weird.
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Ray Sharpe - Linda Lu mp3 at Mp3 Rockabilly
Ray Sharpe - Monkey's Uncle mp3 at Mp3 Rockabilly
Rolling Stones - Linda Lu (streaming) at YouTube
Doug Sahm - Linda Lu (streaming) at YouTube