Hit songs often credited to the wrong artist

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  1. lemonade kid

    lemonade kid Forever Changing

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    When first released, "Fresh As A Daisy" was often thought on first listen to be Macca's

     
  2. pool_of_tears

    pool_of_tears Music Appreciator

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    Some great examples here.

    Someone once told me, years ago, that “One Toke Over The Line” (Brewer and Shipley) was sung by Paul McCartney. I sort of hear that. I hear a very superficial similarity. I suppose, taking into account his 1980 bust in Japan, he truly was One Toke Over The Line...sittin’ downtown in a Tokyo jail cell, one toke over the line.
     
  3. bataclan2002

    bataclan2002 All You Need Is Now.

    Dan Hartman - I Can Dream About You often thought to be Hall and Oates
     
  4. bataclan2002

    bataclan2002 All You Need Is Now.

    Wait...the Carpenters didn’t write that?!
     
  5. George P

    George P Forum Pianophile

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    No, they built it.
     
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  6. lemonade kid

    lemonade kid Forever Changing

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    I admit when I first heard this I thought it was Neil Young or CSNY (especially the last part, "Live In The Country"--I think this was all I heard as the song ended, on my first listen)...my excuse is my 1971 Toyota Corolla's tinny little AM radio.

    Anyone else?


     
  7. lemonade kid

    lemonade kid Forever Changing

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    I thought this brilliant song was by The Righteous Brothers! So did a ton of other Americans who never heard of The great Walker Brothers...at least at first.

     
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  8. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

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    Sure, but the hit is credited to Nilsson, so that song doesn't fit this thread...
     
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  9. lemonade kid

    lemonade kid Forever Changing

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    This WAS The Beatles! Not.

     
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  10. PaulKTF

    PaulKTF The forum's one and only Kenny G fan.

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    He totally should've covered it in concert! It seems suited for him. I don't blame you for thinking it was Elvis singing it. :)
     
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  11. lemonade kid

    lemonade kid Forever Changing

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    Ahhhh. Fair enough. But neither does what you are saying it seems

    I'm confused!

    So...after re-reading the OP's opener...
    it's about a song we thought was one artist, but was actually another.

    :doh:
     
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  12. longdist01

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    Badfinger - Sister Golden Hair (America)



    this came up at a record shop i would frequent, the person didn't recognize the vocalists are different entirely Gerry Beckley vs Pete Ham, still thought it was a Badfinger song because distinctive Slide guitar or Producer for America's album [George Martin/ past Beatle work]
     
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  13. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

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    Exactly! I guess you thought it was about hit songs that had already been released/written by someone else in non-hit form?
     
  14. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

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    I think a lot of people believed "SGH" was a George Harrison song - it wouldn't have sounded out of place on an early 70s GH album!
     
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  15. KevinP

    KevinP Forum introvert

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    Early Beatles solo hits are often attributed to the Beatles by many non-fans. I think in particular Another Day, Imagine and My Sweet Lord.

    Summer in the City, Three Dog Night

    Cat's in the Cradle, Cat Stevens. Because cat. Arf arf.
     
  16. lemonade kid

    lemonade kid Forever Changing

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    I actually thought this was a new Beatles classic in the making in 1970 on my tinny AM radio... I heard just the ending with that Lennon sounding ending. Well it has that Beatles vibe...after 30 seconds I knew...NOT.

    .
     
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  17. danasgoodstuff

    danasgoodstuff Forum Resident

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    Shoulda thrown 'em out!
     
  18. MarcS

    MarcS Forum Resident

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    Ride Captain Ride mistaken for Steely Dan
     
  19. Overthehillsandfaraway

    Overthehillsandfaraway Forum Resident

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    • Madness' "Our House" mis-credited to Talking Heads
    :eek::yikes: Eh?? Sounds nothing like Talking Heads!
     
  20. jimjim

    jimjim Forum Resident

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    'Emotion' by Samantha Sang (not the Bee Gees although they do butt in a little too much to create the confusion).
     
  21. Drifter

    Drifter AD survivor

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    "Burning Down Our House?" :)
     
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  22. Drifter

    Drifter AD survivor

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    I once had a conversation with someone who was sure that The Beatles did a version of it!
     
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  23. kaztor

    kaztor Forum Resident

    The guy, Kennedy William Gordy ('Rockwell'), is actually the son of Berry Gordy, figurehead of Motown. He was signed to his dad's label.
     
  24. Hokeyboy

    Hokeyboy Nudnik of Dinobots

    Everyone thought David & David's Welcome to the Boomtown was performed by Art in America.
     
  25. Glennza

    Glennza Forum Resident

    I personally credited this song to Richard and Linda Thompson but it's actually an Aussie band. Uncanny resemblance IMHO.

     

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