Today’s Music: A “Plastic Jesus” Three-Peat

I know nothing about this first group, The King Earl Boogie Band, except two of them, Paul King and Colin Earl, used to be in Mungo Jerry (remember “In the Summertime”?). But the tune “Plastic Jesus” (originally written as a folk song by Ed Rush and George Cromarty in 1957), has a long history and it seems every performer who does it has added his or her own verses along the way. This version by the King Earl Boogie Band is from 1972:

H/T to DJ Allyn

The original version, released in 1962, by the Goldcoast Singers:

Finally, Paul Newman singing part of it in the 1967 film classic, “Cool Hand Luke”:

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