Anna Kendrick is an American actress and singer. Rebel Wilson is an Australian actress and stand-up comedian. Along with an ensemble cast, they appeared in a movie entitled, “Pitch Perfect” in 2012, based on the non-fiction book by author Mickey Rapkin, “Pitch Perfect: The Quest For Collegiate A Cappella Glory.”
In the movie, the song “Cups” was performed, and it caught on like wildfire! Everyone seemed to jump on the “Cups” bandwagon, and the song was heard almost everywhere … even out in the open, in parks! Although Anna Kendrick isn’t the original singer of this song, she certainly made an impression on people with her performance both in the movie and on the talk show circuit.
When Kina Grannis, Kurt Schneider, Alex G, and Sam Tsui took on the song, their rendition — as well as the video — was refreshing while being familiar.
Not the only a cappella group to take the song into their own hands, the all-male a cappella group, Otto Tunes, from Syracuse University teamed up with Kara Della Valle and Grace Doty to record and film this version.
But contrary to popular misconception, this song isn’t an Anna Kendrick original. She isn’t even the first musician or group to cover that song. In fact, the now-defunct group Lulu and the Lampshades uncovered this song from another generation, re-arranged it to suit their style, and re-recorded it.
But even they weren’t the first to uncover this song from a bygone era. Back in 1969, it was recorded by the Mountain Ramblers who, like Lulu and the Lampshades, had uncovered it from yet an earlier generation, re-arranged it to suit their style, and released it to the radio stations. They, of course, had learned the song from the New Lost City Ramblers.
In the end, however, it’s actually a much older song that dates back to 1928 and the Carter Family, originally titled, “Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone?”
So there you go, dear readers and visitors. Just when you think you know the history behind a popular song, you might just find out that it’s been around a lot longer than you thought … nearly a hundred years long than you thought in some cases. This only goes to prove that good music is good music no matter how many years have passed between when it was written and when you hear it.