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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #165 on: May 29, 2020, 09:37:44 AM »
People Get Ready by the Impressions reached #14 on the Billboard charts after being released in 1965:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l04yM7-BWbg

I hated it both then and now.

I really like the 1985 cover by Jeff Beck with Rod Stewart guesting on vocals though:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yC_j_dzkaVE


Another very good cover of People Get Ready was done by the Chambers Brothers in 1968:



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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #166 on: May 31, 2020, 10:39:13 PM »
This Wheel's on Fire by the Band was included on their Music from the Big Pink LP that was released on 1 July 1968:



A cover by Julie Driscoll with Brian Augur and the Trinity was released later in 1968 and reached #5 on the U.K. hit chart:



A really good cover by the Byrds was included on their Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde LP released on 5 March 1969:



Another great cover by Leslie West was included on his Mountain LP released in July 1969:



I like every one of the covers more than the Band's version.

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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #167 on: June 06, 2020, 10:17:43 PM »
I Heard It Through the Grapevine by Gladys Knight & the Pips was released in September 1967 and got to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100:



A cover by Marvin Gaye was released on 30 October 1968 and became his signature hit spending seven weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100:



A fabulous cover by Creedence Clearwater Revival was included on their Cosmo's Factory LP released on 16 July 1970:



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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #168 on: June 08, 2020, 09:32:22 AM »
Another absolutely terrific cover of I Heard It Through the Grapevine was one by the California Raisins with Buddy Miles on vocals:



While its origins were as an advertising jingle for a 1986 Sun-Maid Raisins commercial, the recording proved so popular that it was released as a single and reached #84 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1988.

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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #169 on: June 11, 2020, 09:08:37 PM »
Devil in His Heart by the Donays was released in 1962:



A cover entitled Devil in Her Heart by the Beatles was released 22 November 1963:



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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #170 on: June 16, 2020, 09:53:26 PM »
Crimson and Clover by Tommy James & the Shondells was released in November 1968 reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and becoming the Shondells' best selling single:



A really good cover was also released by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts in April 1982:



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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #171 on: July 15, 2020, 10:12:42 PM »
Tobacco Road by John D. Loudermilk was released in 1960:



An excellent cover by the Nashville Teens was released on 26 June 1964 and reached #6 in the United Kingdom and #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States:



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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #172 on: July 15, 2020, 10:29:17 PM »
Sugar on Sunday by Tommy James & the Shondells was included on their Crimson and Clover LP released in December 1968:



An excellent cover by the Clique was released in 1969 as a single which got to #22 on the Billboard Hot 100:



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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #173 on: July 16, 2020, 01:15:38 AM »
Crimson and Clover by Tommy James & the Shondells was released in November 1968 reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and becoming the Shondells' best selling single:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpGEeneO-t0

A really good cover was also released by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts in April 1982:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTfHhNg1iII

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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #174 on: July 17, 2020, 10:31:01 PM »
(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66 by the Nat King Cole Trio was released in 1946:



A cover by Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters was released later in 1946 and got to #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 later in 1946:



A cover by Perry Como was included on his Como Swings LP released in 1959:



All horrible swing renditions in my opinion.

A much better version by Chuck Berry was released in 1961:



An excellent cover by the Rolling Stones was included on their self-titled debut LP which was released on 16 April 1964:



Another excellent cover by Them was included on their The Angry Young Them LP which was released on 11 June 1965:



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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #175 on: July 18, 2020, 10:14:51 PM »
I'm Movin' On by Hank Snow was released in May 1950:



It was a huge hit getting to #1 on the Billboard Country chart and staying there for 21 weeks.

A cover by Ray Charles was released in 1959:



A cover by the Rolling Stones was recorded on the Joe Loss Pop radio show on 10 April 1964:



Another live rendition of I'm Moving On by the Stones was included on their Got Live if You Want It! EP which was released on 11 June 1965:



A perhaps slightly remastered version of the above track was then also included on their December's Children LP which was released on 4 December 1965.

I much prefer the Stones' renditions. It's not even close.

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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #176 on: July 19, 2020, 10:21:08 PM »
Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan was released on 30 August 1965:



Much critically acclaimed, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song as #373 in their "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" in 2004.

It was Johnny Winter though who took the track into the stratosphere with this cover included in his Second Winter LP released on 27 October 1969:



It became one Johnny Winter's signature pieces and could even be termed career defining.

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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #177 on: July 20, 2020, 09:26:43 PM »
Will You Love Me Tomorrow? by the Shirelles was released in November 1960 and became a huge hit getting to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100:



The song was covered by numerous artists over the ensuing decades but none of the versions even came close to the original until a bilingual one by Leslie Grace was released in 2012:



Grace's version got to #1 on the Billboard Tropical Songs chart as well as #1 on the Latin Airplay chart. At the age of seventeen she became the youngest female artist to accomplish the feat.

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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #178 on: July 26, 2020, 12:23:10 AM »
Anyone Who Had a Heart by Dionne Warwick was released in November 1963 and reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100:



Warwick's recording didn't do as well in the United Kingdom though where it stalled at #42 on the hit chart. This was largely because a cover by Cilla Black that was released on 31 January 1964 proved much more popular. Black's version not only reached #1 in the U.K. but ended up as the fourth best selling single of 1964 as well as the top U.K. chart hit by a female vocalist in the 1960's:



Atomic Kitten released a cover in 2008 which wasn't actually any better than the aforementioned versions but hey, the visuals are dandy:



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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #179 on: September 13, 2020, 12:52:11 AM »
La Bamba by Richie Valens was released on 18 October 1958:

https://youtu.be/Jp6j5HJ-Cok

It reached #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

A cover recorded by Los Lobos for the movie La Bamba was released on 20 June 1987 and was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three straight weeks that summer:

https://youtu.be/nLAWPrCUQQ0

The cover by Los Lobos was basically an exact copy of Ritchie Valens' original release.

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