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GREAT COVERS OF YOUR FAVORITE SONGS

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GREAT COVERS OF YOUR FAVORITE SONGS

For many an original song that they love cannot and will not ever be duplicated by a cover, but there are many songs that have been done equally (debatebly) well by others..

So do you have favorites?

 

What are your favorite covers of favorite songs?

 

 

Life's a Journey, not a Destination" Aerosmith
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Is Laura Nero the singer for Brazil 66? And speaking of Brazil 66, They did the Beatles' Fool On The Hill (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFe0sc8XW94), and Simon & Garfunkel's Scarborough Fair (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVuE8qURGoU).

Just found out it's Lani Hill, not Laura Nyro. But, I know I heard of her from somewhere.

Maybe it was 5th Dimension?

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5th Dimension covered lots of Laura Nyro's songs as did many others. She also went by lots of surnames when she was younger. Her real name was Laura Nigro.  Lani Hill was also married to Sergio Mendes of Brazil '66.

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"Evil Ways" - original Willie Bobo - written by his guitarist Sonny Henry ('65) - (Never heard it before now, but I like it. Santana's cover is still first in my heart.)

 

Willie Bobo (1965) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qz23H5aW5PY 
Santana - (1969) - Vocal and keyboard by Gregg Rolie who in 1973 joined Journey (Santana sang backup).  - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPmPFY9PcCs 

Gregg Rolie Band - (2009) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBraRA3zGR4 

 

If you like jazz saxophone instrumentals, there is a version by Stanley Turrentine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2YSvuz2z1E 

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"Good Lovin'" The No.1 hit for the Young Rascals in 1966. Was a cover of the Olympics 1964 version. Which was a cover of the original recording, written by R Clark and done by a obscure group, Lemme B. Good.

The Olympics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcrlt3VvmR8&ab_channel=TheOlympics-Topic

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I will have to file this one under songs that I didn’t know were covers.

 

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix
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"Route 66" - written by Bobby Troup (singer, songwriter, jazz pianist, actor) (was Dr. Early on Emergency) - in 1946 while he was driving west to seek fame and fortune in Los Angeles.

 

First recorded in '46 by Nat King Cole Trio

Lots of covers after. To name a few, videos below:

Bobby Troup - ('57)

Chuck Berry ('61)

Rolling Stones ('64)

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers ('78)

Depeche Mode - ('87) - a little different than most (reminds me of Bang a Gong by T-Rex)

 

 

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I like the Depeche Mode version, too.

 

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix
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Me too. Makes me wonder what certain bands would do with it (that haven't covered it). Goes with what dl said.

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That was really interesting. Somehow, it reminds me of how a certain book would be interpreted into several different languages. They're the same, yet different at the same time.

I do like Depeche Mode; especially Policy Of Truth, and Enjoy The Silence. I also like Tyrannosaurus Rex. I got their greatest Hits album (i.e. Ride A White Swan).

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Thanks. Good observation of interpretation. My favorite Depeche Mode is "Wrong". T.Rex fan here too. 

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Checked it out. Pretty good. It reminds me of Dr John's Right Place Wrong Time.

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Great song.

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Eddie Cochran's great anthem "Summertme Blues" has been covered several times, 

Blue Cheer was an American rock band that initially performed and recorded in the late 1960s.. Based in San Francisco, Blue Cheer played in a psychedelic blues rock or acid rock style, and are also credited as being some of the earliest pioneers of heavy metal, with their cover of "Summertime Blues" sometimes cited as the first in the genre. They have also been noted as influential in the development of genres as disparate as punk rock, stoner rock, doom metal, experimental rock, and grunge, and maybe even the "hair band".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=as1NcX31szs&ab_channel=Beat-Club

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They definitely colored outside the lines! 

The Who had a good version of this song, as well. One of the few covers they ever played, but it was a regular in the set list from 67 - 77.
https://youtu.be/kC4S13jcki4

 

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"I've Got My Mind Set on You" - George Harrison

  original by James Ray

 

2 versions of videos for the song.

Version 1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhat-xUQ6dw 

Version 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_3P8yffABE 

 

Putting in Cheer Up thread too.

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Now that I'm on the DC5 kick, their cover of Bobby Day's "Over & Over" was their only song that reached No.1 in the US. It seems that several other of their hits would have numero uno but Billboard says nope. 

DC5

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bg-HMZo3ISc&ab_channel=jarichards99utube

Bobby Day (1958 - #2)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCzlcR1Phcw&ab_channel=John1948TwoB1a

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DC5 was Really a great band!

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Dave Clark Five’s cover of The Contours Do You Love Me?

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My first concert was the DC5, back in 64' at the Melodyland Theater cross from Disneyland. I didn't hear anything cuz all the screaming girls. 😠

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I made a Spotify playlist a while back of great cover songs if anyone is interested: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3tGaNjbwmx3ESI91Mnv4L4?si=45c860e6819d4c4b

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"Who Do You Love" - cover by The Doors -- original by Bo Diddley

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EmD32AQzaQ 

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Santana’s cover of Fleetwood Mac’s Black Magic Women

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Gregg Rolie, vocals & keyboards on that great cover.

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What? I remember when Santana's version came out. I also remember that I heard the band Santana before I heard the Fleetwood Mac band. I always thought Fleetwood Mac was covering Santana's song. Surprise, surprise.

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Keeping with oldies - I don’t know the original, and haven’t found it on YouTube. I always thought it was Ricky’s song since that’s the only one I remember. So this song has had a lot of covers. My favorite is Queen, and I don’t really care for the Led Zep version (sorry LZ fans), but included it any way. Statlers version is pretty cool. Do y’all have a favorite? 

 

Hello Mary Lou - Ricky Nelson, (Johnny Duncan cover 1960) 

https://youtu.be/AMVQCHgpYmI

Queen

https://youtu.be/BjUAH7nBiko

 

CCR

https://youtu.be/A_yaFj0Lysc

The Statler Brothers

https://youtu.be/j-EcCKAc_iY

 

Led Zeppelin 

https://youtu.be/wvRxXvitACk

 

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix
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Written by the great Gene Pitney.

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Interesting fun fact, from Songfacts:  Pitney also recorded the song, but his record label never released it because he already had a single out. They shopped it around, and Johnny Duncan released it just before Nelson, who ended up with the hit. 

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Big Beat Genre Fatboy Slim's (Norman Cook) 1998 rendition of "Funk Soul Brother" {Rockefeller Skank} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIfuq7pR_Zs&ab_channel=Whatwassampled%3F

was derived from the obscure instrumental "Sliced Tomatoe's" By Detroit band the Just Brothers (1972)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQ05TOj4NYc&ab_channel=SMELLTHECRATES

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"Some Kind of Wonderful" - Grand Funk Railroad - original by Soul Brothers Six

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMt1MnjpHC0 

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Lay Lady Lay - Bryan Adams (Dylan cover)

 

https://youtu.be/jxiAHDofwR8

 

From his album, Tracks of My Years (2014) which is all covers. It has a lot of great songs, and he sings them so well. I like it a lot! 😎

 

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