Post by raliverpool on May 11, 2017 19:09:01 GMT 1
Even I did not know this one... until researching my Retro Rewind Charts ..... Everyone love's Whitney Houston's first global smash hit "Saving All My Love For You" written by Michael Masser and Gerry Goffin ....
Except it was first recorded in 1978, hit for the former 5th Dimension lead singer Marilyn McCoo on a joint album with Billy Davis Jr. in 1978 from their album Marilyn & Billy:
Post by Earl Purple on May 12, 2017 14:22:48 GMT 1
There are a load of 60s hits that were copied from foreign songs and given either new or translated lyrics. Seems Italian songs were often a good target.
Everybody knows "It's Now Or Never" fits in such a category but these also do:
"You're My World" - Cilla Black (Il Mio Mondo) "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" - Dusty Springfield (Lo Che Non Vivo Senza Te) "Suddenly You Love Me" - Tremeloes (Uno Tranquillo) "Help Yourself" - Tom Jones (Gli Occhi Miei)
I will let you all look up the foreign versions of those songs.
Even I did not know this one... until researching my Retro Rewind Charts ..... Everyone loves Whitney Houston's first global smash hit "Saving All My Love For You" written by Michael Masser and Gerry Goffin ....
My favourite single from 1975 year (Reparata - Shoes) is a cover version.
The song was first recorded by Felix Harp, a band from Trafford and Level Green, Pennsylvania, with music and lyrics by bandmember Eric Beam. It was released as a single in 1973, renamed "She Didn't Forget Her Shoes (Johnny and Louise)".
In 1974 the German group Love Generation recorded the song, retitled "Johnny and Louise (She Didn't Forget Her Shoes)", and it was released as a single in 1974. They also recorded a German-language version called "Johnny und Louise".
Also in 1974, the British folk group The (New) Settlers released a version with a different title again, "She Didn't Forget Her Shoes".
Post by Earl Purple on Sept 7, 2017 11:12:38 GMT 1
Donny Osmond was probably played the Johnny Mathis version as his demo when he recorded the cover, but he said later he didn't like doing covers of old 50s hits and wanted to do more uptempo rock n roll songs like Crazy Horses.
I guess they sold and therefore the record company forced him to continue recording them. I guess when you're 11 years old or however old he was at the time, you don't get to make those decisions.
Alison Moyet had a hit with "Weak In The Presence of Beauty" - a pretty straight cover of a track by the group Floy Joy, who at their best (which this track is not) could be pretty fine indeed. One of their singers, Carroll Thompson, had a couple of minor hits with other acts, notably Movement .98's "Joy and Heartbreak", which made pretty good use of a riff derived from one of Erik Satie's Gymopedies. (That, a springtime delight from 1990, was probably better than the video linked below)
Here's another I didn't know until just now... Bjork's It's Oh So Quiet is a cover of Betty Hutton. Though hers isn't technically the full original, as she was only translating Horst Winter's Und Jetzt Ist Es Still from German
Jackie DeShannon - probably the most covered artist in the UK chart that has never actually had a hit of her own here.
Did the original of Needles & Pins (#1 in the UK for the Searchers, a song co-written by Sonny Bono). When You Walk In The Room (Also covered by the Searchers but not a #1 for them) Put A Little Love In Your Heart (covered by Annie Lennox & Al Green), Bette Davis Eyes (covered by Kim Carnes) Breakaway (covered by Tracey Ullman)
Wrote or co-wrote most of them but didn't play any part in writing "Needles & Pins".
"A New England" was song written and recorded by Billy Bragg, included on his album Life's a Riot with Spy Vs Spy, released in 1983. It became a hit single when covered by Kirsty MacColl the next year.
Whilst Alison Clarkson got her breakthrough featuring on the Beatmasters 1989 UK #7 hit "Hey DJ! (I Can't Dance to that Music You're Playing)".....
Except, that song was a cover of this lesser known Motown track which reached USA #42 in 1968 recorded by Martha & The Vandellas (which features an uncredited Syreeta Wright on vocals on the chorus, and her future husband Stevie Wonder on the distinctive piano riff):
That's crazy! I always thought Hey Dj was an original club inspired track. Still love Betty Boo - she's half Malaysian just like me.