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Any favorite songs by an artist other than the writer, where it's not just that it's a good song, but the artist(s) really put his/her/their stamp on it? Two categories - a song originally record ed by someone who didn't write it, or a cover, regardless of whether the original was great, good, or bad. For instance, in the second category, Jimi's All Along The Watchtower is a clear choice, even though I also love Dylan's original. In the first category, the song that got me thinking about starting this thread is Jim Croce's "I Got A Name." I'm a huge Croce fan, and listening to this one, it's astounding to me that he didn't write it.
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Would Meatloaf be a fit?
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Funny. I just heard 2 out of 3 ain't bad on the radio. Good stuff from Meatloaf.
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Santana - Black Magic Woman Written by Peter Green and recorded by Fleetwood Mac (pre Buckingham/Nicks). Carlos made it his own.
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Joe Cocker's interpretation of Lennon & McCartney's With A Little Help From My Friends was totally unique.
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it's astounding to me that he didn't write it.


Whut?? Very surprised.

To some extent, this game doesn't really work unless the cover artists *also* write their own material (otherwise, where is the surprise?), but how about something like Singin' In the Rain, which was not original to the Gene Kelly film. (Of course you can make an argument there for Malcolm McDowell as well I suppose...)
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Steppenwolf took two Hoyt Axton "drug songs" and gave them stature that Hoyt couldn't manage.







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I liked two songs presented by Disturbed; Genesis' "Land of Confusion" and Simon and Garfunkle's "Sounds of Silence."

Also, in my opinion, almost any cover done by Bette Midler usually improves on the original.
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Love Disturbed's Sound of Silence, and it certainly qualifies for this thread.
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In the "different but equal" category, I nominate Johnny Cash's version of "Hurt".
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You've seen these before Smile :

Elvis Unchained Melody


Elvis You'll Never Walk Alone


You know how it is when you're playing and singing a great song, could keep singing it for an hour, hours even, you know how it is. Well, I do, anyway. Smile



Here's one I put up on another thread, I think, several years ago:
Johnny Cash and Fiona Apple Bridge Over Troubled Water
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Interesting that you mention this because it coincides with a new project we are doing.

Elvis NEVER wrote a song! (Maybe one I am not certain but it is painfully few.)

Interestingly enough he always said he would NEVER cover a song that he could not make "better" or put his stamp on.
Https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1i6NawvrFGY Elvis. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TT7tWlHp3WA James Taylor.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdYYcMH4dmw Elvis. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dm6qw_yeo6o 3 Dog Night. (I think they were the first not certain.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FywSzjRq0e4 This is Johnny Cash with Hurt.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyW1p7SpYW8 Cheap Trick https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbfMlk1PwGU Fats Domino.

Cheap Trick did very well with "Ain't That a Shame". Many are shocked it was Fats Domino.

On the country front Garth Brooks did well with Shameless.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Rtof6uJPCY
I saw him get a standing ovation with it. (Probably more than Billy Joel ever got! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXCTwaIWUR4 Billy Joel. Heck he even talks about it.

I can keep going but I don't want to monopolize the idea.
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Https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzQnPz6TpGc

You might have to look hard to find a more quintessential Tina Turner song than Proud Mary. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzQnPz6TpGc

Way different from Fogerty and the boys. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfyEpmQM7bw

Perhaps the most interesting example I can think of is Barry Manilow "I Write the Songs". Of course he is a prolific songwriter. BUT it was written by Bruce Johnston of Beach Boys fame! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKV0kTLPWBw

Funny to think he replaced Glen Campbell! YES that Glen Campbell.
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The Beatles version of Twist and Shout.

Frigid Pinks version of House of the Rising Sun.
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Come and Get I, performed by Badfinger. Written by Paul McCartney
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On Feb 6, 2017, motown wrote:
Come and Get I, performed by Badfinger. Written by Paul McCartney


I like the movie it was used in - also heard Paul taught them to play/sing it... so not sure it's anyone else's song.
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On Feb 6, 2017, Jonathan Townsend wrote:
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On Feb 6, 2017, motown wrote:
Come and Get I, performed by Badfinger. Written by Paul McCartney


I like the movie it was used in - also heard Paul taught them to play/sing it... so not sure it's anyone else's song.


I think it falls under the "second category" of "song not written by the performer(s) but made unique TO the performer." While Badfinger didn't write "Come and Get It," anybody else that performs it is going to have their performance compared, probably unfavorably, to Badfinger.
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Al Green's song take me to the river and Neil Diamond's Here Comes Tomorrow? :-

Berry Gordy's song Money. Joni Mitchel's both sides, now.

David Bowie's Hallo Spaceboy -> pet shop boys

How's about the rolling stones last day -> bittersweet symphony?

Weil and Mann + Lieber and Stoller's on Broadway. Smile

May as well put in Goffen and King's Up on the roof. Drifters -> James Taylor.
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