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Just listening to some music, and thought it would be fun to post this.

What are a few of your favorite cover versions of songs you know of?

You know, where the covers are so DEFINITIVE, and maybe even better to you than the originals.










A FEW OF MINE:


1. Twist and Shout---------THE BEATLES

2. Respect------- ARETHA FRANKLIN (most people are floored when they find out she didnt write this!)

3. With A Little Help From My Friends--------JOE COCKER

4. House Of The Rising Sun--------THE ANIMALS

5. Autumn Leaves-------EVA CASSIDY

6. God Bless The Child--------BLOOD, SWEAT, AND TEARS

7. Got To Get You Into My Life--------EARTH, WIND, AND FIRE
 

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Oh, a lot but I was listening to the Specials"Enjoy Yourself" the earlier on. Another would be "I Put a Spell on You" Nina Simone.

 

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Rod Stewart immediately comes to mind as someone with a penchant for stealing others' songs and making them his own (i.e. definitive).

Two of his that come to mind:

"The First Cut Is the Deepest" (originally written and recorded by Cat Stevens)

"I'd Rather Go Blind" (originally written and recorded by Clarence Carter)
 

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Sid Vicious "My Way" is still pretty powerful. Joplin did a number of a amazing covers. There are so many, really..
 

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One of the best all time is Joe Cocker doing "The Letter" (The Boxtops). Or Joe Cocker doing almost any other cover:

Cry me a River
With a little help from my friends
She Came in Through the Bathroom Window
Etc.
 

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The Meters version of the Lee Dorsey tune, Ride Your Pony.

Neville Bros. version of Hey Pocky Way on Live at Tipitina's.
 

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The Drifters version of "White Christmas".
is the version that was in the movie "Home Alone". And for sax stuff, Ben Webster's slow version of "Time After Time",
and of course, Louis Armstrong's version of "Stardust".
And maybe Delbert Mc Clinton's version of "I've Got Dreams to Remember".
 

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Chaka Khan did my favorite interpretation of Night in Tunisia. This just burns...

 

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An alto saxophone instrumental of "I Only Have Eyes For You." Don't know who played it but it's almost as if the melody was written for it first and then the lyrics.
 
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