Forgotten Originals!

A short list of 60's-era originals that were made much more famous by cover artists:

SONGORIGINAL
ARTIST
FAMOUS
COVER
(There's) Always Something There To Remind MeLou JohnsonSandie Shaw
A Groovy Kind Of LoveDiane & AnnitaThe Mindbenders
Act NaturallyBuck OwensBeatles
All Along the WatchtowerBob DylanJimi Hendrix
All My LoveSonny WestBuddy Holly, as "Oh Boy"
Angel Of The MorningEvie SandsMerilee Rush
Any Way That You Want MeEvie SandsTroggs
ApacheThe ShadowsJorgen Ingmann
Baby, It's YouShirellesThe Beatles, 1963; Smith, 1969
Barbara-AnnThe RegentsThe Beach Boys as "Barbara Ann"
Bette Davis EyesJackie DeShannonKim Carnes
Back Magic WomanFleetwood MacSantana
Blinded by the LightBruce SpringsteenManfred Mann
Blue MoonShirley Ross as "The Bad In Every Man" then
Glen Gray and his Casa Loma Orchestra as "Blue Moon"
The Marcels
BootsLee HazlewoodNancy Sinatra
BrandyScott EnglishBarry Manilow
as "Mandy"
By The Time I Get To PhoenixJohnny RiversGlen Campbell
CadillacBo DiddleyNew Colony Six, Kinks
California DreamingBarry McGuireMamas and Papas
California SunJoe JonesRivieras
ChainsCookiesBeatles
(They Long To Be) Close To YouRichard ChamberlainCarpenters
CocaineJ. J. CaleEric Clapton
Come See About MeNella DoddsSupremes
DandyKinksHerman's Hermits
Dazed and ConfusedJake HolmesLed Zeppelin
Dedicated To The One I LoveThe '5' RoyalesMamas and Papas
Do-Wah-DiddyExcitersMannfred Mann
Don't Let Me Be MisunderstoodNina SimoneEric Burdon and the Animals
Dream A Little Dream Of MeOzzie Nelson and his OrchestraMama Cass
Everybody Needs Somebody to LoveSolomon BurkeRolling Stones, Wilson Pickett, Blues Brothers
The First Cut Is the DeepestP. P. ArnoldCat Stevens, Rod Stewart, others
The First Time Ever I Saw Your FaceEwan MacColl & Peggy SeegerRoberta Flack
Evil WaysWillie BoboSantana
GalvestonDon Ho with the Oak Ridge StringsGlen Campbell
Gentle On My MindJohn HartfordGlen Campbell
Girls Just Want To Have FunRobert HazardCyndi Lauper
Go NowBessie BanksMoody Blues
Got My Mind Set On YouJames Ray (w/Hutch Davie Orchestra)George Harrison
Hanky PankyThe RaindropsTommy James and the Shondells
He Ain't Heavy, He's My BrotherKelly GordonHollies
Here Comes The NightLulu and the LuvversVan Morrison and Them
House of the Rising SunClarence "Tom" Ashley and Gwen Foster as "Rising Sun Blues" (1933)Animals
HushBilly Joe RoyalDeep Purple
I Can Hear MusicRonettesBeach Boys
I Can't Let GoEvie SandsHollies
I Can't Turn You LooseOtis ReddingChambers Brothers
I Fought The LawCricketsBobby Fuller Four
I Hear You KnockingSmiley LewisDave Edmunds
I Love Rock & RollThe ArrowsJoat Jett
I Never Promised You a Rose GardenJoe SouthLynn Anderson
I Shot the SheriffBob MarleyEric Clapton
I'll Never Fall In Love AgainJill O'Hara & Jerry OrbachBobbie Gentry, 1969; Dionne Warwick, 1970
I'm a ManBo DiddleyYardbirds
I'm Into Something GoodEarl-Jean (McCree) (of the Cookies)Herman's Hermits
Indian ReservationMarvin Rainwater as "The Pale Faced Indian"Don Fardon
It's All Over NowValentinosRolling Stones
It's In His KissMerry ClaytonBetty Everett as "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)"
Jesus Is Just All RightArt Reynolds SingersDoobie Brothers
Jock-A-MoJames Sugarboy Crawford & his Cane CuttersDixie Cups as "Iko Iko"
Killing Me Softly With His SongLori LiebermanRoberta Flack
KittyRaceyToni Basil
as "Hey Mickey"
Knock on WoodEddie FloydOtis Redding & Carla Thomas
Lady Marmalade (Voulez Vous Couche Avec Moi)Eleventh HourPatti LaBelle
Last KissWayne CochranJ. Frank Wilson
Leaning On A Lamp Post George Formby (1937) (click for info)Herman's Hermits
Let's Work TogetherWilbert HarrisonCanned Heat
Little Honda (click for info)Beach Boys
(album release)
Hondells
(first single release and hit)
The Look Of LoveDusty SpringfieldSergio Mendes & Brasil '66
Louie LouieRichard BerryKingsmen
Love In VainRobert JohnsonRolling Stones
Make it Easy on YourselfJerry ButlerWalker Brothers, and then Dionne Warwick
The Man Who Shot Liberty ValanceFairmount SingersGene Pitney
MbubeSolomon Linda's Original Evening BirdsThe Weavers as "Wimoweh",
The Tokens as "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"
Me And Bobby McGeeRoger Miller (first recording)
Kris Kristofferson (composer)
Janis Joplin
Mercy, Mercy, MercyCannonball AdderleyBuckinghams
Message To MarthaJerry ButlerAdam Faith, then Dionne Warwick as "Message to Michael"
Midnight Train To Georgia (click for info)Jim Weatherly as "Midnight Plane To Houston",
then Cissy Houston as "Midnight Train To Georgia"
Gladys Knight
Montego BayBar-KaysBobby Bloom
Mountain of LoveHarold DormanJohnny Rivers
Mustang SallySir Mack RiceWilson Pickett
My Boy LollypopBarbie GayeMillie Small as "My Boy Lollipop"
My Girl SloopyVibrationsMcCoys
as "Hang On Sloopy"
My Little Red BookManfred MannLove
My Sweet LordBilly Preston
(Written by George Harrison for Preston, who was first to record it. Harrison was sued by the Chiffons for the song's alleged similarity to their "He's So Fine".)
George Harrison
Needles And PinsJackie DeShannonSearchers
Nobody But MeIsley BrothersHuman Beinz
On BroadwayThe Cookies (unreleased original)
Crystals (first release)
Drifters
One Less Bell To AnswerKeely SmithThe 5th Dimension
Over and OverBobby DayDave Clark Five
Papa Was a Rolling StoneUndisputed TruthTemptations
Queen of HeartsDave EdmundsJuice Newton
Rave OnSonny WestBuddy Holly
Reach Out For MeLou JohnsonDionne Warwick
Reason To BelieveTim HardinRod Stewart
RespectOtis ReddingAretha Franklin
RespectableIsley BrothersOutsiders
Rhinestone CowboyLarry WeissGlenn Campbell
Ring of FireAnita CarterJohnny Cash
River Deep, Mountain HighIke & Tina TurnerEric Burdon and the Animals
Rock Around The ClockSonny Dae & His KnightsBill Haley & Comets
ShambalaB. W. StevensonThree Dog Night
Shame, ShameKeith ColleyMagic Lanterns
ShoutIsley BrothersJoey Dee and the Starliters, Lule, others
Sloop John BThe Kingston Trio
(1st recording under this title)
Beach Boys
Smiling Faces SometimesTemptationsUndisputed Truth
Someday We'll Be TogetherJohnny & JackeyDiana Ross and the Supremes
Something StupidCarson & GaileFrank and Nancy Sinatra
SonnyMieko HirotaBobby Hebb (who was the composer)
Sookie SookieDon CovaySteppenwolf
SorrowMcCoysMerseys
Stop Your Sobbin'KinksPretenders
Sugar and SpiceSearchersCryan' Shames
Sweets For My SweetDriftersSearchers, and the Riddles
Take Me For A Little WhileEvie SandsJackie Ross, and later, Vanilla Fudge
The Air That I BreatheAlbert HammondHollies
The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)Frankie ValliWalker Brothers
The Tide Is HighThe ParagonsBlondie
The TwistHank BallardChubby Checkers
Time Is On My SideIrma ThomasRolling Stones
Trains And Boats And PlanesBurt Bacharach & OrchBilly J. Kramer & the Dakotas
Try a Little TendernessRay Noble Orchestra (1932)The contemporary format of a slow start and rollicking ending was first recorded by Otis Redding (1966) and covered by Three Dog Night (1969)
Twist and ShoutTop NotesIsley Brothers, and then the Beatles
Unchained MelodyTodd DuncanRighteous Brothers
Video Killed the Radio StarBruce Woolley & the Camera ClubBuggles
Walk Tall (Like a Man)Verdelle Smith2 of Clubs
We've Only Just BegunCrocker Bank TV commercial,
first recorded as single by Freddie Allen
Carpenters
Whole Lotta Shakin' Going OnRoy HallJerry Lee Lewis
Wild One (1958)Johnny O'KeefeIggy Pop as "Real Wild Child (Wild One)"
Wild ThingWild OnesThe Troggs
Wishin' And Hopin'Dionne WarwickDusty Springfield, 1964; Merseybeats, 1964
Without YouBadfingerHarry Nilsson
WoodstockJoni MitchellCrosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Workin' on a Groovy ThingPatti DrewFifth Dimension
You Showed MeThe Byrds (as "The Jet Set")The Turtles
You'll Never Get To HeavenDionne WarwickStylistics
You're No GoodFirst recording: Dee Dee Warwick
First charting: Betty Everett
Linda Ronstadt
You've Made Me So Very HappyBrenda HollowayBlood, Sweat, & Tears
 
Elvis Presley
Ain't That Loving You BabyEddie Riff (1956)Elvis Presley
Any Day NowChuck JacksonElvis Presley, 1969, Ronnie Milsap, 1978
Are You Lonesome TonightFirst release by
Charles Hart (1927)
Elvis Presley
Blue Moon Of KentuckyBill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys (1947)Elvis Presley
Blue Suede ShoesCarl Perkins (1956)Elvis Presley
Burning LoveArthur AlexanderElvis Presley
Good Rockin' TonightRoy Brown (1947)Elvis Presley
Heartbreak HotelGlen ReevesElvis Presley
Hound DogBig Mama Thornton (1953)
Freddie Bell & the Bellboys (1956)
Elvis Presley
I Feel So BadChuck Wills (1954)Elvis Presley
Love MeWilly & Ruth (1954)Elvis Presley
Love Me Tender"Aura Lee" copyrighted in 1861,
recorded by Frances Farmer in 1936
Elvis Presley
My Baby Left MeArthur "Big Boy" Crudup (1950)Elvis Presley
Mystery TrainLittle Junior & the Blue Flames (1953)Elvis Presley
Now And Then There's A Fool Such As IHank Snow (1952)Elvis Presley
Old ShepRed Foley (1941)Elvis Presley
One Night Of SinSmiley Lewis (1956)Elvis Presley
Peace In The ValleyFlying Clouds Of Detroit (1947)Elvis Presley
Such A NightClyde McPhatter and The Drifters (1954)Elvis Presley
Suspicious MindsMark JamesElvis Presley
That's All RightArthur "Big Boy" Crudup (1947)Elvis Presley
That's When Your Heartaches BeginShep Fields Rippling Rhythm (1937)Elvis Presley
Too MuchBernard Hardison (1956)Elvis Presley
When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold AgainWiley Walker & Gene Sullivan (1941)Elvis Presley

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-- Kevin Killion



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