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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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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

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix
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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.

 

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix
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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)

 

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix
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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.

 

“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

 

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix
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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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