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Pop songs I did not know were covers

Dave the Gnome 02 Aug 22 - 04:28 AM
Joe Offer 02 Aug 22 - 05:22 AM
GUEST,henryp 02 Aug 22 - 06:39 AM
gillymor 02 Aug 22 - 11:39 AM
Acorn4 02 Aug 22 - 11:53 AM
GUEST,Don Meixner 02 Aug 22 - 12:11 PM
GerryM 02 Aug 22 - 07:02 PM
Sol 03 Aug 22 - 10:58 AM
GUEST,Ross 09 Aug 22 - 05:36 AM
gillymor 09 Aug 22 - 05:51 AM
Sol 09 Aug 22 - 09:21 AM
gillymor 09 Aug 22 - 09:24 AM
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Subject: Pop songs I did not know were covers
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 02 Aug 22 - 04:28 AM

I only found out recently that "Silence is Golden" by The Tremeloes was originally by The Four Seasons. Listening to the two back to back they are very similar.

What surprised me more though was that Blondie's "Denis" was a cover of Randy and the Rainbows' "Denise". I prefer Blondie's version.


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Subject: RE: Pop songs I did not know were covers
From: Joe Offer
Date: 02 Aug 22 - 05:22 AM

Interesting what the experience is on both sides of the pond. I first heard Silence Is Golden from the Four Seasons, probably shortly after the 1964 recording as the "B" side of "Rag Doll." And yeah, I heard Denise from Randy and the Rainbows in about 1963. Never heard the Blondie recording until today.

At the Mudcat Singaround today, somebody sang "Pack Up Your Sorrows," which I learned from the 1966 Peter, Paul and Mary album. The song was written in 1964 by Richard Fariña and Pauline Marden (the third Baez sister). I didn't hear the Richard & Mimi recording until long after the PP&M recording became popular.


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Subject: RE: Pop songs I did not know were covers
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 02 Aug 22 - 06:39 AM

"Who Knows Where the Time Goes?" is a song written by the English folk-rock singer and songwriter Sandy Denny. People commonly think that the recording by Fairport Convention is the original one.

1967 Sandy Denny recorded the song with voice and guitar as a demo.
1967 Later that year, she briefly joined the folk band The Strawbs and re-recorded the song, again with only her voice and guitar. This was eventually released on the album All Our Own Work in 1973.
1968 Judy Collins heard a tape of the original demo recording and decided to cover the song. She released the first version with vocal, two guitars, and bass on the B-side of "Both Sides Now" (released October 1968).
A second version appeared on the album Who Knows Where the Time Goes? (released November 1968). The first verse is the same take as the first version, but with everything remixed to the left channel, then crossfading to a different recording with a larger arrangement, modulated to different key. Acoustic Guitar – Judy Collins; Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar – Steven Stills; Drums – James Gordon; Electric Bass – Chris Ethridge; Piano – Michael Sahl. This was the first widely available recording of the song.
1968 Sandy Denny joined the folk-rock band Fairport Convention.
1969 She recorded the song on her second album with the band, Unhalfbricking. Recorded: January–April 1969. Released: 3 July 1969. This version had more of a rock influence.
2007 The Unhalfbricking version was voted "Favourite Folk Track Of All Time" by listeners of BBC Radio 2.
Information from Wikipedia and Discogs.


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Subject: RE: Pop songs I did not know were covers
From: gillymor
Date: 02 Aug 22 - 11:39 AM

I can think of a few that surprised me but led me down some interesting rabbit holes-

Mystery Train by Elvis (original by Junior Parker)
Hound Dog by Elvis (Big Mama Thorton)
Long Black Veil by The Band (Lefty Frizell)
If You've Got the Money Honey by Willie Nelson (also Lefty Frizell)
Time is on My Side by the Rolling Stones (Irma Thomas)
It's All Over Now by the Rolling stones (Bobby Womack)
You Were On My Mind by (don't remember) (Ian and Sylvia, written by Sylvia)


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Subject: RE: Pop songs I did not know were covers
From: Acorn4
Date: 02 Aug 22 - 11:53 AM

"Silence is Golden" was on the flipside of their hit "Rag Doll" - The Tremoloes version is an almost exact copy.

"The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by Tight Fit (possibly named after their underpants?) was an almost replica of an original version by US group The Tokens.


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Subject: RE: Pop songs I did not know were covers
From: GUEST,Don Meixner
Date: 02 Aug 22 - 12:11 PM

Gillymor,

"We Five."

Don


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Subject: RE: Pop songs I did not know were covers
From: GerryM
Date: 02 Aug 22 - 07:02 PM

Joe, I learned Pack Up Your Sorrows from Judy Collins Fifth Album, released in 1965, with Richard Fariña on dulcimer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-daUqL1fwk


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Subject: RE: Pop songs I did not know were covers
From: Sol
Date: 03 Aug 22 - 10:58 AM

A few covers that come to mind.

"I've Told Ever Little Star - Linda Scott 1961
(Original - Jack Denny Orchestra 1932)
I've Told Every Little Star - Jack Denny Orchestra

"Pease Stay" - The Cryin Shames 1966
(Original - The Drifters 1961)
Please Stay - Drifters

"Bye Bye Baby" - Bay City Rollers 1975
(Original - The Four Seasons 1965)
Bye Bye Baby - Four Seasons


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Subject: RE: Pop songs I did not know were covers
From: GUEST,Ross
Date: 09 Aug 22 - 05:36 AM

As a child in the early sixties I heard ‘With God on Our Side’ on a Manfred Mann EP not realising I was being indoctrinated by Dylan


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Subject: RE: Pop songs I did not know were covers
From: gillymor
Date: 09 Aug 22 - 05:51 AM

Manfred Mann also covered "The Mighty Quinn" which I was surprised to learn was written by Dylan and was from the basement tapes.


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Subject: RE: Pop songs I did not know were covers
From: Sol
Date: 09 Aug 22 - 09:21 AM

Not sure if this is true but, the inspiration for Mighty Quinn was after Dylan saw a movie in which Anthony Hopkins played an Eskimo (apologies, Inuit these days).


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Subject: RE: Pop songs I did not know were covers
From: gillymor
Date: 09 Aug 22 - 09:24 AM

I had heard it was about a cop in Woodstock. Both things could be true, or false.


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Subject: RE: Pop songs I did not know were covers
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Aug 22 - 01:20 PM

Not a cover in the true sense of the word, but I only recently discovered the Beach Boys' Sloop John B is actually a Bahamian folk song.


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Subject: RE: Pop songs I did not know were covers
From: Donuel
Date: 09 Aug 22 - 01:20 PM

Gillymor you are indeed song wise. Amateurs steal, the great ones borrow.


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