The original artist was just at the start of a pioneering musical career when his life abruptly ended at age 17. His first California band was the “Silhouettes” (not the ones known for “Get a Job”).

Today’s song was adapted by the original artist from a traditional folk song.

Our Shadow band, also from California, follows in the footsteps of the original artist. They recorded their Shadow version for a film about the original artist’s life that premiered on this day in 1987. The Shadow band’s version became an even bigger hit than the original.

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