On this, the day of his birth, the original artist is probably somewhere on the road celebrating on his tour bus! If he’s not, then he’s looking forward to the next time that he is!

The original artist has said that the Shadow artist’s version of this song is his favorite cover of any of his songs.

Our Shadow artist was much more well known at the time of the song’s release than the original artist. The Shadow artist was hesitant to record the song initially, not liking the tempo and the way the original artist “spoke” the words. After the Shadow artist’s arranger came up with a more suitable version, it was recorded and quickly became one of the Shadow artist’s signature songs.


The 5 O’Clock Shadow is presented by Coney Island Brewing Company.