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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #180 on: July 28, 2021, 09:50:12 AM »
Love Potion No. 9 was released by the Clovers in July 1959. It reached #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

Love Potion No. 9 - Clovers

The Searchers did it one better though when they released Love Potion Number Nine in November 1964. Their version got to #3 on Billboard:

Love Potion Number Nine - Searchers

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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #181 on: July 29, 2021, 09:44:07 PM »
Wait for Me by the Playmates was released in October 1960 and was a minor hit:

Wait for Me - Playmates

Lynn Roberts' version was released in late December 1960:

Johnny, Wait for Me - Lynn Roberts

It's the Playmates' recording I prefer though.

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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #182 on: August 10, 2021, 12:12:38 AM »
River Deep - Mountain High by Ike & Tina Turner was released in May of 1966:

Ike & Tina Turner

It got to #3 in the U.K. but didn't do well on the U.S. charts initially. Nonetheless Rolling Stone ranks Ike & Tina Turner's version the #33 song of all time while the New Musical Express has it at #37. Great song, great vocals, but too much orchestration for my taste.

Deep Purple turned it into a hit in 1968 with this cover:

Deep Purple

This prompted Ike & Tina Turner's original to be rereleased and it then got the attention it merited.

My favourite version though is this one by Eric Burden & the Animals from 1969:

Eric Burden & the Animals

This cover by the Supremes and the Four Tops from 1971 then reached #14:

Supremes and the Four Tops

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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #183 on: August 10, 2021, 06:18:53 PM »
I love Hendrix, but Derek and the Dominos' cover of Little Wing is one of the greatest ever.
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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #184 on: August 11, 2021, 12:13:29 AM »
Mercury Blues was written by K. C. Douglas and Robert Geddins and recorded by Douglas in 1948:

K.C. Douglas

A cover by the Steve Miller Band was released in 1976:

Steve Miller Band

A better cover by David Lindley was released in 1981 and got to #34 on the Billboard chart:

David Lindley

Another popular cover by Alan Jackson was released in 1993:

Alan Jackson

Meatloaf's cover was released in 2003:

Meatloaf

David Lindley I believe recorded the best version.

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