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Earth Angel - Marvin Berry & The Starlighters (HQ)
February 4, 2010
Back to the Future´s "Earth Angel", studio recorded by Marvin Berry & The Starlighters, who also play it in the movie.
Listen to the last 38 seconds ... it brings some precious memories (for some of us at least) and that small bit added to the tune is what makes of this one - as I see it - the best version ever made of the song.
The tune was originally recorded by The Penguins in 1,954. It is the first and original release and it´s the only major hit the group had, reaching the charts at number 08.
The cover version of the song that reached higher on the charts was released a year later by the Crew-Cuts, 1,955.
Now the honesty moment:
I thought that "Earth Angel" had at some point been released by "The Temptations". Big mistake: that´s the result for trusting google searches and not pass the first few results.
They work 99 times out of 100 (I imagine) but not all of the times.
So, reading something that someone said I felt the need to double check and, after doing so, I can only conclude that this was never covered by "The Temptations". And trust me, this time I searched really hard, since I didn´t want to look stupid in having a photo of "The Temptations" giving image to the song.
But no, no such luck, there´s no way this can be related to them.
However, not everything is a loss: on the autobiographical television series "The Temptations", at some point, they do show up singing "Earth Angel", nearby their old school.
It isn´t a joke, search for the series if you want, it´s there.
And maybe this is why google relates "Earth Angel" with "The Tempations" but, I don´t know of course.
Just guessing. Either way, I´m sorry for the misleading photo and original information.
An endless number of other covers.
Once sang by Elvis in a very very rare track.
And Back to the Future, Marvin Berry & the Starlighters, Marty, DeLorean, 1,955, Enchantment Under the Sea Dance and ... "this one is for all you lovers out there".
Ps: "Earth Angel" is ranked 151st on the Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" and, it is also one of the only 50 recordings chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry.