Hit songs often credited to the wrong artist

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  1. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    Lies-The Knickerbockers...now who did not think this was The Beatles?
     
  2. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    Vehicle-Blood Sweat and Tears
     
  3. Danby Delight

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    I know someone who swears that "Smoke from a Distant Fire" by the one hit wonders The Sanford Townsend Band was by Van Morrison.
     
  4. Morton LaBongo

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    A DJ at a school dance once played Smokey Robinson's Tears of a Clown and announced it as being The Jackson 5. Seriously, he had the record right there in his hand, how could he get that wrong?
    Don't You Forget About Me by Simple Minds was thought of by some people as a Billy Idol song back when it came out.
    It's been mentioned earlier, but for years I thought Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress was CCR. I was surprised that I couldn't find it on their albums.
     
  5. Danby Delight

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    Well, Keith Forsey (Billy Idol's producer) wrote it for Billy, who turned it down.
     
  6. kaztor

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    To be honest, the arrangement of the song does sound like something Cat Stevens could've written.
     
  7. Drifter

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    That is not the real Badfinger.

    This is:

    Without you - Badfinger
     
  8. kouzie

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    I've seen "Send Me an Angel" credited to Pet Shop Boys (instead of Real Life) several times.
     
  9. lemonade kid

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  10. NumberEight

    NumberEight Came too late and stayed too long

    I always thought it was The Rutles.;)
     
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  11. Erick Haight

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    More than a handful of customers were looking for "that new song from Iggy Pop" when "A Girl Like You" from Edwyn Collins hit in '94.
     
  12. The Elephant Man

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    Wow. Did not see this one coming... That's nuts! :--)
     
  13. sean monaghan

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    I have seen both On the Dark Side by John Cafferty and Jessie's Girl by Rick Springfield credited to Bruce Springsteen.
     
  14. thematinggame

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    Now this does not make any sense , the two voices have nothing in common whatsoever
     
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  15. alduchaney

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    Brown Eyed Girl - Mick Jagger, rather then Van the Man
    I Can Help - Ringo Starr rather than Billy Swan
    You Get What You Give - World Party rather than New Radicals
    trumpet on the Carpenters’ Close to You - Herb Alpert rather than Chuck Findley
    trumpet at the end of B.J. Thomas’ Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on my Head - Herb Alpert rather than Chuck Findley
    Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey trumpet - Herb Alpert rather than Marvin Stamm
     
  16. alduchaney

    alduchaney Well-Known Member

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    Also Here Comes The Night, of course too!
     
  17. Erick Haight

    Erick Haight Well-Known Member

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    That's why I thought at the time. And still do. But the customer is always right!
     
  18. thematinggame

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    A girl like you appeared on a couple of soundtracks, although not one shared with Iggy Pop as far as I know - or she must have got it confused with another song/artist
     
  19. SG47

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    Jamaica Funk is not Chaka Khan . It's by Tom Browne .
     
  20. Baq

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    Imagine - Yoko Ono
    :thumbsdow
     
  21. ElevateMeLater

    ElevateMeLater Jesus of Cool

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  22. Vintage1976

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    "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line" - often thought of as a Waylon Jennings song, originally recorded by Jim Alley a year prior to Waylon. Written by none other than Jimmy Bryant, of Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant fame.
    "I'm a Ramblin' Man" - again, often thought of as a Waylon Jennings song, but originally written and recorded by Ray Pennington.
    "Cocaine Blues" - Almost always, I hear of this song referred to as a Johnny Cash song, because of his "Folsom Prison" album. Written by TJ "Red" Arnall, and first recorded with his vocals by the Western Aces. I think most people in Cash's generation, probably first heard it through Hank Thompson, on his "Songs for Rounders" album from 1959.
    "Honky Tonk Man" - Often referred to as a Dwight Yoakam song, originally recorded by Johnny Horton in 1956.
     
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  23. lemonade kid

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    Tom Waits' Jersey Girls is often mistaken for Springsteen. Springsteen has covered it live, but Waits' recorded version is soooo the Boss...it's uncanny.
     
  24. Anthology123

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    I would also chime in about I can help by Billy Swan mistaken for Ringo Starr. It was a #1 hit, which came soon after Ringo scored 2 #1 of his own with Photograph and You're Sixteen, so it didn't hurt "I can help" if people thought it was being sung by Ringo.
     
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  25. idleracer

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    :kilroy: Not Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, but an incredible simulation:

     

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