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Old 02-03-2020, 11:42 AM   #1
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Screamin' Jay Hawkins had been a fairly typical blues musician at the time he co-wrote I Put a Spell on You in 1956. He had intended the song to be a pretty standard blues ballad. But producer Arnold Maxin had brought ribs, chicken and beer into the studio for a little party and they all got drunk. So Hawkins ended up screaming as opposed to singing the lyrics to the song. Despite being banned from airplay on most radio stations, the song was a huge hit. DJ Alan Freed then convinced Hawkins to adopt a stage persona consistent with his signature hit and Hawkins made a career of it.



Creedence Clearwater Revival's 1968 recording of the song made it a lot funkier:




Jeff Beck also recorded an excellent take with Joss Stone on vocals in 2010:




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Re: Covers that ar better than the originals!

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Hey, that's a good one!


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House of the Rising Sun was a classic folk ballad dating back to at least the nineteenth century. It was performed and recorded by many blues and folk singers in the first half of the twentieth century. Here's sixteen year old Georgia Turner's take on the song from 1937:




Here's Joan Baez's cover from 1960:



Bob Dylan released a version in 1961:





But the version that the Animals released on 19 June 1964 has been the gold standard of the track ever since:




When Bob Dylan first heard the Animals' recording, he was driving along the highway. So knocked out was he by what he was hearing from the car radio that he pulled off to the side of the road to just listen to the song!


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I won't say it's better than the original but it's darn close.

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Baby, Please Don't Go was a traditional blues number played by many in the early decades of the 20th century. Perhaps the most popular early recording of the song was this one from 1935 by Big Joe Williams accompanied by Sonny Boy Williamson I on harmonica:




Them recorded this great cover in 1964:





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Three of the Rolling Stones' first four Billboard chart hits in 1964 were covers:

Buddy Holley & the Crickets - Not Fade Away





The addition of Brian Jones' harmonica and Keith Richards' guitar work turned Buddy Holly's bebop number from October 1957 into a blistering R&B track:





Valentinos - It's All Over Now





When Bobby Womack, the composer of It's All Over Now and lead singer of the Valentinos, heard of the Stones' intention to record his song which was just hitting the charts in June of 1964, he instructed manager Sam Cooke to tell that Mick Jagger to find his own songs. Cooke replied that the Stones had every right to rerecord his song and that it was probably a smart business move for Womack anyway. But when Womack got his first royalty cheque, his eyes bugged out and he changed his tune immediately. "You tell that Jagger fellow I got plenty more good songs for him to record!"






Irma Thomas - Time Is on My Side





Irma Thomas still likes to point out that she did it first in August of 1964. And did she ever! The Stones' version was also really good though:





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When the Levee Breaks was first released by Kansas Joe and Memphis Minnie in August/September of 1929:





Led Zeppelin released a cover on their led Zeppelin IV LP on 8 November 1971:





And here's a version from 2010 by cover band Zepparella!





Not only do the girls nail the song, but they nail the look and even the body language of each member of Led Zeppelin!


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This one is way better than the original.

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The Fresh Cream LP originally released in December 1966 contained a couple of excellent covers.



Spoonful had been written by Willie Dixon and was first recorded by Howlin' Wolf in 1960:




Cream's version seemed darker somehow:




I'm So Glad was first recorded by Skip James in 1931:




Cream recorded a harder driving version:




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Juicy Lucy, the first band (opening act) I ever saw at the Fillmore East, NYC in 1970.

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One of the most often recorded blues standards is Good Morning Little Schoolgirl. It was first recorded by Sonny Boy Williamson in 1937:



Smokey Hogg turned it into a big hit on the R&B charts in 1950:



In 1965 Junior Wells' Chicago Blues Band turned the song into a classic electrified Chicago blues number:



The Grateful Dead included a surprisingly good cover of the song on their debut album in 1967:



Ten Years After dispensed of the harmonica parts but picked up the instrumental pace overall for their rerecording of the track on the Ssssh album in 1969:



And here's a smoking hot version from 1997 by Jonny Lang:



Maybe, maybe, his is the best!

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The Butterfield Blues Band did as much if not more to expose young American music fans to blues-rock as did any of the British Invasion bands. The East-West LP released in August 1966 in particular contained a couple of sensational covers of blues classics:



Walkin' Blues was originally written and recorded by Son House in 1930:




The Butterfield Blues Band added a pronounced beat and made the old classic rock!




Get Out of My Life Woman was a big hit for Lee Dorsey earlier in 1966:




Once again the Butterfield Blues Band added more punch to the tune:




Both Butterfield tracks are blessed with excellent separation and sound great on a good stereo!


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Johnny Rivers was great at taking old rockabilly or R&B classics and turning them into top charting hits with Seventh Son being particularly noteworthy. Willie Mabon's very jazzy original version was released as a single in October 1955:



Johnny Rivers though made it rock when he recorded it for his Meanwhile Back at the Whisky A Go Go LP in 1965:



Despite the name of the LP, Rivers made the recording in the studio. Crowd noise was then dubbed onto the track.

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Jock-O-Mo by Sugar Boy Crawford and his Cane Cutters was released in 1953:



The Dixie Cups were merely having a fun sing along in the studio of a song they'd heard from one of their grandmothers, but the tape was running and their sing-a-long was turned into a cover of Jock-O-Mo. The Dixie Cups' version was retitled Iko Iko and released in March 1965:



The Belle Stars released a cover of Iko Iko in 1982:



It got to #14 on the Billboard charts a whopping seven years later in 1989 after it was featured in the soundtrack of the movie Rain Man.

Captain Jack recorded a cover in 2001 but it has nothing special going for it other than the visuals in the video:



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Rockabilly star Dale Hawkins' recording of Susie Q reached #27 on the Billboard charts in 1957:




Bayou rockers Creedence Clearwater Revival recorded an even funkier version of Suzie Q for their debut LP in 1968:




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When Will I Be Loved? by the Everly Brothers was released in May of 1960 and became a top ten hit:




Linda Ronstadt's cover was released on 25 March 1975 and got to #2 on the Billboard charts:





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