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Saturday, March 29, 2008


1. I was listening to the Coverville podcast this week. Brian played Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting by The Who from Two Rooms: Celebrating The Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin and noted that Elton John also covered the Who's Pinball Wizard. So your mission, should you decide to accept, is to find other examples of besides these discovered by Fred Hembeck, my co-workers and me:

Beatles- You Really Got A Hold on Me
Smokey Robinson- And I Love Her

Elvis- Hey Jude (a pretty horrific version)
Paul McCartney- That's Alright Mama, It's Now or Never

Fats Domino - Lady Madonna
Paul McCartney - I'm in Love Again

Little Richard- I Saw Her Standing There
Beatles- Long Tall Sally, Hey Hey Hey Hey

Ray Charles - Yesterday, Eleanor Rigby
Beatles - Hallelelujah I Love Her So

Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - And I Love Her
Beatles-You've Really Got A Hold On Me

Simon & Garfunkel - The Times They Are A-Changin' (from Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.)
Bob Dylan - The Boxer (from Self-Portrait)

Tim Hardin - Simple Song of Freedom
Bobby Darin - If I Were a Carpenter, Lady Came from Baltimore, Reason To Believe

Versions should be commercially available (CD, mp3).

2. Mark Evanier wrote about the missing title tune to the animated Disney classic 101 Dalmatians, which I really enjoyed.

And I can relate, somewhat. When I bought the Yellow Submarine single, the lyrics went:
As we live a life of ease (a life of ease)
Every one of us (every one of us)
Has all we need (has all we need).
But on the Revolver album version, there's no "a life of ease" echo. Finally, on one of those four-song "singles" CDs that came out at the time of the Beatles Anthology series, a version of Yellow Sub, with the "a life of ease" echo! I wasn't crazy.

Now all I need is some proof that the Simon & Garfunkel song Bridge over Troubled Water is in a different key (or at least a different playback speed) on the single than it was on the album.
So, my question: what aspect of music, film, TV or other entertainment do you remember differently than is commonly recalled?



Roger Owen Green said...

Need your help, folks: Brian said if we come up with some really good ones, he'll do a show showcasing the best six or eight!

Roger Owen Green said...

I'm sure there are a ton of MOTOWN examples. One: I Wish It Would Rain, covered by Gladys Knight and the Pips. You Need Love Like I Do, covered by the Temptations.

EM said...

Emmylou Harris "Coat of Many Colors"

Dolly Parton "Boulder to Birmingham"

Roger Owen Green said...

Fred turned me onto the album The Ultimate Rarities Collection: Motown Sings Motown Treasures
From that: My Girl - Marvin Gaye; cf
Try It Baby (w/Supremes), Stubborn Kind of Fellow; Ain’t Nothin’ Like the Real Thing-Temptations

From that: I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles; cf Get Ready-Temptations