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#3933347 - 04/02/14 08:12 AM Re: Songs that you didn't know were covers at first.... [Re: ]  
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Originally Posted By: oselisan
My memory is bad. But I remember "You are my sunshine" either the Mitchell or Cash version.. probably Anne Murray. Supposedly all three were covers for the original.


That goes back a ways; the first recording, 1939:



and the story of its origin:
http://www.rosemontrecords.com/historical.html

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#3933351 - 04/02/14 09:40 AM Re: Songs that you didn't know were covers at first.... [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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I'll offer Bowie's China Girl.

Iggy's original is interesting.

#3933373 - 04/02/14 11:42 AM Re: Songs that you didn't know were covers at first.... [Re: PV1]  

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Originally Posted By: PV1
Originally Posted By: oselisan
My memory is bad. But I remember "You are my sunshine" either the Mitchell or Cash version.. probably Anne Murray. Supposedly all three were covers for the original.


That goes back a ways; the first recording, 1939:



and the story of its origin:
http://www.rosemontrecords.com/historical.html


Thanks, it was a good read. It reminded me of the Lego origin story also, sad stories about the original creators.

#3933377 - 04/02/14 12:20 PM Re: Songs that you didn't know were covers at first.... [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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I got my wife with one of these just last night. She heard Joan Baez singing "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" on the radio. I told her how I always liked that song, but I liked The Band's original version better. She was like "No, it's Joan Baez's song...I have the album." Nope, sorry hun. smile




Black Crowes did a memorable cover of an Otis Redding tune that I thought was an original.



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#3933381 - 04/02/14 12:31 PM Re: Songs that you didn't know were covers at first.... [Re: PV1]  
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Speaking of Janis Joplin...


Written and presumably first performed by Kris Kristofferson, though.


Kristofferson wrote it for Roger Miller. Kristofferson later recorded it himself, followed by Joplin.


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#3933386 - 04/02/14 12:50 PM Re: Songs that you didn't know were covers at first.... [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Here's a good one:















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#3933389 - 04/02/14 01:05 PM Re: Songs that you didn't know were covers at first.... [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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There are a couple of Hendrix songs I thought were his at first.

#3933494 - 04/02/14 04:58 PM Re: Songs that you didn't know were covers at first.... [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Blue Moon. I thought it was a Marcels song until I saw Cybil Shepherd singing the original version on Moonlighting. I then looked it up (which was harder in the pre-internet 80's than it is now!) and found it was a Rodgers and Hart song from 1934, almost 30 years earlier!



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#3933589 - 04/02/14 07:57 PM Re: Songs that you didn't know were covers at first.... [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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You Really Got Me originally by The Kinks then covered by Van Halen


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#3933594 - 04/02/14 08:09 PM Re: Songs that you didn't know were covers at first.... [Re: letterboy1]  
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Originally Posted By: letterboy1
You Really Got Me originally by The Kinks then covered by Van Halen
Both versions kick ass. That's right, didn't VH also do a cover of "Pretty Woman"?

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#3933613 - 04/02/14 09:06 PM Re: Songs that you didn't know were covers at first.... [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Originally Posted By: PanzerMeyer
Originally Posted By: letterboy1
You Really Got Me originally by The Kinks then covered by Van Halen
Both versions kick ass. That's right, didn't VH also do a cover of "Pretty Woman"?


Yup! And DLR redid California Girls after he left VH.


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#3933678 - 04/02/14 11:25 PM Re: Songs that you didn't know were covers at first.... [Re: Weasel_Keeper]  
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Originally Posted By: Weasel_Keeper
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Originally Posted By: letterboy1
You Really Got Me originally by The Kinks then covered by Van Halen
Both versions kick ass. That's right, didn't VH also do a cover of "Pretty Woman"?


Yup! And DLR redid California Girls after he left VH.

He sure did! Think what you will, but that version seemed to be a hit!


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Many groups started out with a cover or two as their hits.

Just thought of another one, Blue Suede Shoes. I had thought it was an Elvis song for years. I was in college before I heard the original Perkins version.



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#3933876 - 04/03/14 01:43 PM Re: Songs that you didn't know were covers at first.... [Re: Jedi Master]  
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Originally Posted By: Jedi Master
Many groups started out with a cover or two as their hits.


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Yup, like Tiffany. In fact her only 2 hits were covers.


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#3934117 - 04/03/14 08:38 PM Re: Songs that you didn't know were covers at first.... [Re: Skycat]  
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Manfred Mann's "Blinded By The Light" immediately come to my mind.


I was really shocked when I heard this a few years ago. Never liked Springstein so I wouldn't have heard his version anyway...


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#3934823 - 04/05/14 12:58 AM Re: Songs that you didn't know were covers at first.... [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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One of my favourite tracks by the Black Crowes 'Oh Sweet Nuthin' turned out to be a cover of a Velvet Underground original. Personally I prefer the Crowes version.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lf9-BCix4io&feature=player_detailpage

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Originally Posted By: Top Gun
Originally Posted By: Skycat
Manfred Mann's "Blinded By The Light" immediately come to my mind.


I was really shocked when I heard this a few years ago. Never liked Springstein so I wouldn't have heard his version anyway...


Springsteen's version blows, even though it is his. Same with "Pink Cadillac" which even though the song sucks, it was better with Natalie Cole.

Never been a Springsteen fan either. smile


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