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.
Of course a massive a hit for Sinead O'Connor in 1990, and a lot of people know that Prince had written it. Though he had written it for a band that he mentored called The Family. Prince had written every song on their self titled debut album but only kept his name credited to this song, possibly because he saw a potential in it. Sure enough there was, and after the success of Sinead's version, Prince himself started to perform it live (there's a live version included on two retrospective collections of his, The Hits 1, and 4Ever.)
Post by Earl Purple on Feb 21, 2018 17:46:14 GMT 1
that isn't a cover, meister. Paul Young's version was. And at the time it was well publicised that it was a Marvin Gaye song. I knew a DJ who even played the original to let us hear it. Far more uptempo than Paul Young's version.
At the time of Love of the Common People, I knew that was a cover too but thought the original was Nicky Thomas. It wasn't, of course.
Come Back And Stay was also a cover - it was written by Jack Lee who also wrote Hangin' On The Telephone and originally recorded both of those himself, the latter as part of a band, the former as a solo artist. He also wrote "Will Anything Happen" but gave that to Blondie and never recorded it.
Another song Paul Young had previously covered was SYSLJFM (The Letter Song), when he was with the Q-Tips. That was originally written and recorded by Joe Tex in the 1960s and was a minor US hit for him. In the UK Joe Tex finally got a hit in 1977! In my chart he's had a few hits but SYSLJFM was his biggest, peaking at #4.
Post by SherriffFatman on Oct 15, 2018 10:44:31 GMT 1
I always knew The Wurzels' Combine Harvester was a parody of the Melanie Safka song Brand New Key, but I only discovered recently that it was actually number one in Ireland the previous year for someone called Brendan Grace.
On an only slightly related note, I always thought it was an accepted fact that The Wurzels performed in the Top of the Pops studio with an actual combine harvester. I have watched (well, dipped into) all of their 5 performances and only one features any farm machinery, and that is a much less impressive John Deere tractor.
Post by Earl Purple on Dec 27, 2018 11:53:09 GMT 1
I knew "Dream A Little Dream" was a lot older than Mama Cass's version.
It was still in copyright in 2011 when its lyrics were sampled by Chapel Club in their song "Surfacing" and they had to clear it.
(Samples are harder to clear than straightforward covers, for which you always get permission as long as you give royalties and is done in the same style as the original. In this case the lyric of the chorus was used in full but to a completely new tune).