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Initial post: Jan 26, 2012 5:16:48 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 26, 2012 7:26:24 PM PST
BigBadAzz says:
The Beatles' "Yesterday" has been remade over 1600 times by various artists, and is known as the most widely covered pop song ever.

Some tracks become standards by the very fact that multiple artists create their own readings of them.

Which other songs have had a number of renditions (3 or more) recorded by different musicians? If known, state who the original version was done by and which artists remade versions of that same song.

*BTW, I realise that there is a grammatical error in my subject heading. It's just a typo that I can't edit without deleting all the posts below....

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 5:29:26 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 26, 2012 5:32:47 PM PST
Shining Star says:
The Bee Gees' "How Deep Is Your Love" has been remade over 400 times by various artists and spent 17 weeks in the top 10 after it's initial release.

That was a record at that time & it was the first of a record 6 consecutive #1 hits.

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 5:49:01 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 26, 2012 6:11:11 PM PST
"Wild Thing" - The Wild Ones (Chip Taylor, songwriter):

Jimi Hendrix
The Creatures
The Runaways
Sam Kinison
Cheap Trick
Cold Chisel
Sister Carol
Hank Williams, Jr
Bruce Springsteen
Artificial Peace
Mr Ed Jumps the Gun
Amanda Lear
Liz Phair
The Fargone Beauties
Nihilist Spasm Band
The Goodies
Tone Loc

And no doubt, many many others....

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 5:55:59 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 26, 2012 6:14:37 PM PST
"Gloria" - Them (Van Morrison, songwriter):

The Gants
Bobby Fuller Four
Shadows of Knight
Status Quo
Patti Smith
Eddie & the Hot Rods
The Pleazers
Santa Esmeralda
Jimi Hendrix
The 101ers
The Doors
David Bowie
Energy Orchard
Shane MacGowan
Popa Chubby
Grateful Dead
Rick Springfield
Rickie Lee Jones
Johnny Thunders
Blue Magoos
Tom Petty
Tragically Hip
Bill Murray
Bruce Springsteen
13th Floor Elevators
Bon Jovi

And many many more!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2012 5:56:07 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 26, 2012 8:11:48 PM PST
BigBadAzz says:
re: "Wild Thing",

FYI, the song was first recorded in 1965 by The Wild Ones (as you so correctly stated), one year before The Troggs took their version to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July 1966, making it the most widely-known rendition of the song.

Love that Goodies take!!!!

....And don't forget the 1980's version by Tone Loc. ;0p

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2012 5:57:36 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 26, 2012 7:52:15 PM PST
You're right, I will edit. There's others too, that incorporated the song into other songs, but I didn't include those (Prince, et al). Yeah, I forgot Tone Loc, sorry!

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 6:05:40 PM PST
Shining Star says:
Bob Marley's "Redemption Song"

Some of the artists who've covered it:

Michael McDonald
Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Jackson Browne
Life Of Agony
No Use For A Name
Stevie Wonder
Sinéad O'Connor
Sweet Honey in the Rock
The Chieftains & Ziggy Marley
Joe Strummer and Johnny Cash
Katchafire (initially a Bob Marley tribute band)
Chantal Kreviazuk
Angelique Kidjo
Aly Michalka and Ben Cotten.
Chris Cornell.

Just to name a few, I would love to find the total amount of times this one has actually been covered.

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 6:50:03 PM PST
BigBadAzz says:
"I Put A Spell on You", 1st recorded by Screaming Jay Hawkins in 1956.

Remade by:
Casey Abrams
Howlin' Pelle Almqvist
The Animals
Natacha Atlas
Audience (band)
Jimmy Barnes
Jeff Beck and Joss Stone
Tab Benoit
The Birthday Party
Arthur Brown
Eric Burdon performed it live at his show in Lugano in 2006.
C.A. Quintet
Caterina Caselli Italian singer (cover "Puoi farmi piangere", 1966)
Champion with guest vocalist Betty Bonifassi
Ray Charles
Joe Cocker
Creedence Clearwater Revival (who also performed it at Woodstock)
Tim Curry
Julien Doré
Bryan Ferry
Jools Holland with Mica Paris and David Gilmour
Diamanda Galás
The Guards (1968)
Buddy Guy (featuring Carlos Santana)
The Heavy
The Kills
Logan Kendell (feat. Jessie Crystal)
Queen Latifah
Phil Lesh & Friends (live cover in 2007)
Manfred Mann
Marilyn Manson
Katie Melua
Bette Midler (from the film Hocus Pocus)
Kim Nalley
Iggy Pop / Catherine Ringer
Alan Price
Gabriel Ríos
Roxy Music
She and Him
Nina Simone
Them (featuring Van Morrison)
Pete Townshend on his Deep End Live! album (with David Gilmour).
Bonnie Tyler

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2012 7:21:21 PM PST
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Posted on Jan 26, 2012 7:38:07 PM PST
BigBadAzz says:
What a coincidence! I'm hearing "Yesterday" by the Beatles on our local radio station as I type this.... :)

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 9:06:33 PM PST
B L T says:
Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right"

Peter, Paul and Mary
Bobby Darin
Arnaldo Baptista
Johnny Cash
Jackie DeShannon
Davey Graham
Rory Gallagher
Stone the Crows
Elvis Presley
Burl Ives
Waylon Jennings
Flatt and Scruggs
Steve Young
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Jerry Reed
Joan Baez
Indigo Girls
Doc Watson
The Waifs
Vonda Shepard
John Martyn
Elliott Smith
Billy Bragg
Nick Drake
Sandi Thom
Susan Tedeschi
Emily Haines
Susanna and the Magical Orchestra
Boris Grebenshchikov
Jackie Greene
Bryan Ferry
Wolfgang Ambros
Arlo Guthrie
Tristan Prettyman
Bree Sharp
Gavin Castleton
Folk By Association
The Four Seasons
The Folkswingers
O.A.R. with Matt Nathanson and Mike Ness
Social Distortion
Donavon Frankenreiter
Billy Paul
Lenny Breau
Ryan Montbleau
John Mayer
The Allman Brothers Band
Emilie-Claire Barlow
Cock Robin
Last to Leave
Barbara Dickson

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 9:14:21 PM PST
BigBadAzz says:
"Shakin' All Over", originally recorded by Johnny Kidd & The Pirates in 1960.

Rerecorded by:
Led Zeppelin
Vince Taylor
Adam Ant
Rose Hill Drive
Suzi Quatro
Iggy Pop
Brave Belt
Dee Dee Ramone
Those Darlins
The Lords
Generation X
The Swinging Blue Jeans
Bim Skala Bim on their album Universal
Cem Karaca
Eilen Jewell on Sea of Tears
Mae West on Way Out West
Turbo Fruits
Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet
Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Agent Orange
Horslips on The Belfast Gigs
The Head Cat
Terry Dene re-released on the 2003 album "The Real Terry Dene"
Wanda Jackson & Jack White
The Vibrators
Robin Lane and the Chartbusters
Clinton Machine
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Posted on Jan 26, 2012 11:45:02 PM PST
MisterTee says:
Here's a cover some of you might appreciate:

(I made the video)

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 11:45:15 PM PST
"Where Have All The Good Times Gone" by Ray Davies

The Kinks (original)
David Bowie
Van Halen

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2012 12:41:22 AM PST
MisterTee says:
Drowning man. I think it's a Police original ?

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 2:15:56 AM PST
BigBadAzz says:
Summertime Blues, originally by Eddie Cochran.
Remade by Alan Jackson, The Beach Boys, Blue Cheer, The Who & Rush.

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 2:39:17 AM PST
Mike B. says:
Dusty Springfield's incredibly sexy hit "The Look Of Love" (1967), written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Later covered by:

Isaac Hayes
Nina Simone
Sergio Mendes
Claudine Longet
The Delfonics
Bobby Womack
Dionne Warwick
Diana Ross & The Supremes
Marvin Gaye
Gladys Knight & The Pips
The Meters
Barbara Acklin
Willie Bobo
Shirley Bassey
Tony Joe White
Susanna Hoffs
Grover Washington, Jr.
Amanda Lear
Vanilla Fudge
Diana Krall
Chris Botti
Anita Baker
Shelby Lynne

...and many others

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 3:18:28 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 27, 2012 3:20:44 AM PST
BigBadAzz says:
Leonard Cohen's classic "Hallelujah" from 1984 has had multiple remakes, most notably by John Cale, Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright, k.d. lang & Alexandra Burke.

Many live versions of this track have been captured, the first of which was recorded by Bob Dylan in 1988. The song has been recorded by almost 200 artists in total, and has also been translated into a number of languages.

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 6:23:40 AM PST
How about "Jumpin' Jack Flash" or "Gimme Shelter" to name a few Stones songs. For crying out loud they even made a crappy Whoopi Goldberg movie using that title.

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 7:06:59 AM PST
Shining Star says:
Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground"

Ike & Tina Turner
Etta James
Michael McDonald
Ellen McIlwaine
The Blind Boys of Alabama
Regina Carter
Chris Daughtry
Ashley Cleveland
Marcus Miller
Ben Mackenzie
Robert Randolph & The Clark Sisters
Red Hot Chili Peppers

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 7:17:07 AM PST
Shining Star says:
Sam Cooke's "Bring It On Home To Me"

The Animals, Eddie Floyd, and Ben Mills.
Lou Rawls, who sang background vocals on the original song, recorded his own charting version in 1970.
Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee
Mickey Gilley hit number one on the country chart with his cover
Tab Benoit
The Faces
Rod Stewart
Wilson Pickett
Otis Redding with Carla Thomas.
Paul McCartney recorded this song twice, once solo and again in 2006 with George Benson and Al Jarreau
John Lennon
Van Morrison
The Dixie Chicks
Sonny & Cher
The Von Bondies with Marcie Bolen on lead vocals
Bon Jovi with Steve Perry
Britt Daniel
Eddie Floyd and Duffy
Dave Mason
Sister Hazel
M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel of the group She & Him
The New Standards
Jimmy Barnes & Johnny Diesel.
Aretha Franklin
Michael Bolton
Delta Spirit
Robson & Jerome
Status Quo
R. Kelly
Grayson Hugh

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 7:26:32 AM PST
S. Stalcup says:
"Love Will Tear Us Apart" by Joy Division. Sacrilege akin to those Disney tshirts to attempt covering it, but many have. Among the bands/artists to attempt it to varying degrees of failure:

Wonderlick (Sorry Tim and Jay)
Thom Yorke
Mark Owen
Nerina Pallot
Hawksley Workman
Bloc Party
The Cure (Not as bad as their 1990s output, but still, it rips me up inside to criticize this band)
Broken Social Scene
Nouvelle Vague
Fall Out Boy
José González
Red Mecca
Stanton Miranda
Dave Gahan (Okay, this one is actually brilliant.)
Adam Green
John Frusciante
Arcade Fire
Chris Edwards
Susanna and the Magical Orchestra
The Blood Divine
Simple Minds
Oysterband with June Tabor
Paul Young
Jamie Cullum
Evelyn Evelyn
In the Nursery
Apoptygma Berzerk and The Mulhollands

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 1:17:08 PM PST
Gena Chereck says:
"I Fought the Law" -- written by Sonny Curtis, originally a hit for the Bobby Fuller Four:

The Clash
Sam Neely (#54 on the Billboard pop charts and #61 on the country charts in 1975)
Hank Williams Jr. (#15 country hit with the song in 1978)
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (#66 on the country charts in 1992)
The Dead Kennedys (in concert and on record, did a version with lyrics re-written about the Moscone-Milk assassinations -- titled "I Fought the Law and I Won")
Mike Ness (of Social Distortion)
Green Day
The Stray Cats
Nanci Griffith

(Just to name a few!)

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 11:44:48 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 28, 2012 6:58:47 AM PST
BigBadAzz says:
"Summertime" - the 1930's George Gershwin composition from "Porgy & Bess".

Remade by Billie Holliday, Louis Armstrong, Janis Joplin, Miles Davis & hundreds of others, too numerous to mention...

Posted on Jan 28, 2012 6:39:38 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 28, 2012 6:42:12 AM PST
BigBadAzz says:
Recorded originally by Elvis Costello in 1982, and subsequently by Robert Wyatt, Hue and Cry, Tasmin Archer & Suede + others.
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