A favorite song by one of your favorite singer/songwriters they didn't write

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Price.pittsburgh, Mar 25, 2020 at 9:02 PM.

  1. tim_neely

    tim_neely Forum Hall Of Fame

    Central VA
    Most people don't realize that Bobby Darin wrote a decent percentage of his hits (for examples, "Splish Splash," "Dream Lover," "Things," and "You're the Reason I'm Living"), probably because some of his best-known ones were covers:

    Mack the Knife (Kurt Weill-Bertold Brecht-Mark Blitzstein)
    Beyond the Sea (Charles Trenet-Jack Lawrence)
    If I Were a Carpenter (Tim Hardin)
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  2. Haristar

    Haristar Apollo C. Vermouth

    West Sussex, UK
    George Harrison - If Not For You
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  3. canadian73

    canadian73 Forum Resident

    Grateful Dead
    Me and My Uncle (John Phillips)
    Mama Tried (Merle Haggard)
  4. canadian73

    canadian73 Forum Resident

    Jeff Buckley
    Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)
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  5. Zardok

    Zardok Forum Resident

    Castle Cary
    Un Canadien Errant and Passin' Thru performed by Leonard Cohen.
  6. Capt. Cadillac

    Capt. Cadillac Forum Resident

    Dearborn, Mich.
    "Banana Republics" - Jimmy Buffett (written by the great Steve Goodman)

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  7. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    Central PA
    Kate Bush - "Rocket Man"
  8. R. Totale

    R. Totale The Voice of Reason

    It's "36 Inches High" from Nick for me.

    But my choice for the thread would be Jerry Jeff Walker's version of "L.A. Freeway".

    Edited to add - I'd never heard this single version I linked before, but it's cute to take a whole phrase ("all those things that") and fly it in over the singer's opinion of landlords to make it safe for radio ;)
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  9. Brian Kelly

    Brian Kelly 1964-73 rock's best decade

    First one I thought of

    On the other hand, giving Elvis his songwriting dues:

    "Girls Talk" by Dave Edmunds
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  10. Regandron

    Regandron Forum Resident

    Cat Stevens - Another Saturday Night (Sam Cooke)
  11. Brian Kelly

    Brian Kelly 1964-73 rock's best decade

    Fairport Convention's "Time Will Show The Wiser"

    written by Emitt Rhodes
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  12. Brian Doherty

    Brian Doherty Forum Resident

    Los Angeles CA
    Nick's 36" High is amazing, and I had no idea til very recently it was a cover. However...when I DID find the original, I found that SO mindblowing I can't give Nick props for doing a best version. (Though I guess it isn't technically a requirement of this thread that you prefer the cover to the original.)
  13. Soopernaut

    Soopernaut Forum Resident

    Des Moines,IA
    I chose bands, but they contain songwriters.

    The Animals- "It's My Life"

    Concrete Blonde- "Tomorrow Wendy"

    Sweet- "Ballroom Blitz"
  14. wellhamsrus

    wellhamsrus Duke of Earl

    Pet Shop Boys Always On My Mind

  15. Michael

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

    Panama Red-NRPS
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  16. Michael

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

    and Percy's Song-Bob Dylan my favorite FC song!
  17. DirkM

    DirkM Forum Resident

    MA, USA
    Springsteen absolutely nailed Just Like Fire Would.
  18. Valkenburg

    Valkenburg Forum Resident

    Tim Hardin returned the favor with "Simple Song of Freedom".
  19. ironbutterfly

    ironbutterfly Listening to marky mark in mono

    Phil Collins - separate lives
  20. wwaldmanfan

    wwaldmanfan Born in the '50's

    NJ, USA
    Townes Van Zandt, "Dead Flowers" (Jagger/Richard)
  21. Drew769

    Drew769 Forum Resident

    Barry Manilow- “Mandy”

    Was originally written/released in the UK by Scott English as “Brandy,” but the US charts already had “Brandy (you’re a fine girl)” so they renamed it for Barry in the US.
  22. Nostaljack

    Nostaljack Resident R&B enthusiast

    DC metro area
    Amazing that English's version was a hit anywhere. Truly a wretched voice with deplorable phrasing and nails-on-chalkboard tone. English's arrangement is all kinds of wrong. Barry fixed it up and made it substantial. He's also light years better as a singer.

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  23. Musical Chairs

    Musical Chairs Forum Resident

    Bonnie Raitt -- "Angel from Montgomery"

    In fact, I really like her cover of "Rainy Day Man" from the same album.
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  24. Hurakan

    Hurakan Forum Resident

    San Diego
    Leonard Cohen - "The Partisan" - Anna Marly and Emmanuel d'Astier de La Vigerie, English language adaptation by Hy Zaret

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  25. Michael

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

    Casey's Last Ride-John Denver

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