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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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"The Thunder Rolls" - written by Garth Brooks and Pat Algar (first recorded by Tanya Tucker 89, first released by Garth Brooks 90) - Garth Brooks video

 

I really like this cover of "Thunder Rolls"  by  All That Remains (2017)

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This is my favorite GB song! Here are two more. A great song can be good in almost any genre given the right artists. 

I’m a long time fan of this next group. 

Celtic Thunder   (Seems appropriate! 😹

https://youtu.be/h_hxYngSXm8

 

State Of Mine ft No Resolve  (metal version)

https://youtu.be/4YS-CO2CRew

 

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State Of Mine has a good sound. Never heard of them before. I should check them out. They're giving Garth a good run for their efforts.

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@dl73698250  I don’t know much about them but they have done a few good covers like …

Danger Zone (Kenny Loggins cover)

God’s Country (Blake Shelton cover)

RIse (Katy Perry cover)

 

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"To Love Somebody" - original by The Bee Gees (67)

 

Covers I like. (Links open in another page)

Gary Puckett and the Union Gap - (68)

Michael Bolton - (92) -- (Goofed up the link, but it is fixed now)

Lightning Seeds - (98)

Buddy Miller (2015) 

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"Your Mama Don't Dance" - original 1972 Loggins and Messina

1988 Cover by Poison 

 

I like them both. They fit different moods. Poison did it in their style without ruining the song.

 

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"It's All in the Game" * Tommy Edwards  {1958}

 A fav song of mine when I was a kid,  whose most successful version was recorded by Tommy Edwards in 1958. Carl Sigman composed the lyrics in 1951 to a wordless 1911 composition titled "Melody in A Major", written by Charles G Dawes, who was later Vice President of the United States under Calvin Coolidge.  It is the only No. 1 single in the U.S. to have been co-written by a U.S. Vice President or a Nobel Peace Prize laureate (Dawes was both).

The song has become a pop standard with cover versions by dozens of artists, some of which have been minor hit singles.

 But Edwards' song ranked at No. 47 on the 2018 list of "The Hot 100's All-Time Top 600 Songs is the most notable of all. 

Melody in A Major - Tommy Dorsey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGguBa19ngk&ab_channel=the78prof

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"Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter" - written by Trevor Peacock for a play called "The Lads" he was in and sung by Tom Courtenay in the play.

Peter Noone (Herman's Hermits) saw the play and taped the song. The band learned it and would play it often at gigs. The song didn't require royalties.

 

Tom Courtenay first recorded it in 63.

The cover then would be:

Herman's Hermits needed a song to fill out an album, so they recorded it in '65. (My fav)

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Interesting. Even tho the HH's version has a better sound quality, I think Tom's version (with minimal instruments) somehow captures that melancholy vibe better. HH's always did have more of an upbeat bubblegum sound; and it shows thru in this melancholy song.

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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. 

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"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]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1FSRMfNtLU&ab_channel=1234crackerboxpalace

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I thought that the Silver Beatles was a Beatles' tribute band, not the real Beatles.

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That was interesting. Thanks.

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That’s All Right Mama - Paul McCartney (covering the Elvis version with members of his original band) 

https://youtu.be/tDWfOSKccLM

 

 

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

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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)

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"Wild Horses" - written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards - Recorded in '69

- First released by The Flying Burrito Brothers in '70

- Released in '71 by The Rolling Stones - was a big hit

 

- My favorite cover is by Molly Hatchet - 2008

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This is my favorite Stones song, and I like all of them! Molly Hatchet’s version is a great cover. They are a seriously underrated band, IMO.

 

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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.

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Nilsson’s cover of Badfinger’s Without You

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"Silhouettes on the Shade" * The Rays original version.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZduJnDFApc&ab_channel=NANCYFLORESSANTOS

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.

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Desparado - Linda Ronstadt (Eagles cover)

 

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Three Dog Night’s cover of Laura Nyro’s  Eli’s Comin’

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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.

 

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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.

 

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