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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?
I agree about Tom's version. Herman's Hermits was what I heard first and their band was a lot of fun to watch. As I got older, I would appreciate quality in arrangements and vocals in any song. Back in the "old days" most of us probably never really got a chance to experience other's interpretations. A lot of things we never knew were covers. Many of us were limited to a few radio stations and what we could afford at the store or a concert.
"Ain't She Sweet" * the Silver Beatles [ with John on lead vocal], P Best on drums & Produced by Bert Kamphfort 1961. The 1927 original was sung by Gene Austin [RCA records]
That’s All Right Mama - Paul McCartney (covering the Elvis version with members of his original band)
Macca has this remarkable inner Elvis (and Gene Pitney) voice that he can just let go at will. Amazing how he does that! This was, of course, Elvis’ first recording and hit single from 1954. My memory is from a few years later on tv and radio.
The original was by Arthur Crudup, a Delta blues singer who wrote it back in 1946. If you’re like me, and never heard it before, then here it is.
Arthur Crudup original: https://youtu.be/uxHQUvCkV20
There are numerous other covers.
Canned Heat, 1970, Blues version: https://youtu.be/bX5420VVNd8
Marty Robbins, 1954, Country version: https://youtu.be/5kzskaa3NWI
And of course, Elvis! ❤️ https://youtu.be/DCP_g7X31nI
I dunno... What is it about Paul McCartney that can breathe new life into a tired worn out song? This is no special/remarkable song. Yet somehow, he can make it sound good again. Maybe it's because that he really likes making music; it's not just a job for him.
I miss the Beatles. They were really good together; all of them. What are the chances that another group like that will find each other? (the Traveling Wilburys were close)
I agree. My favorite Molly Hatchet song is "Stone In Your Heart".
"Is this how it ends?
We're strangers again
It's over but you won't explain
No kiss no goodbye, not one final lie
Just cold to the bone from the ice's that's runnin' through your veins
You have stone in your heart."
I should do this for Opening Line thread.
"Silhouettes on the Shade" * The Rays original version.
Covered by Herman's Hermits in 65'. I prefer the original soulful version but the Brit teenbop wasn't too bad. The tune was written by Bob Crewe who went on to produce & write for the 4 Seasons & Frank Slay who wrote some tunes for Freddy Cannon.
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?
"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.
"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.
"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:
Depeche Mode - ('87) - a little different than most (reminds me of Bang a Gong by T-Rex)
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).
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".
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.
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.
Bobby Day (1958 - #2)
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