Kevin's Forgotten Originals!

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

(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"
Alone (Why Must I Be Alone)Shepherd SistersFour Seasons
Angel Of The MorningEvie SandsMerilee Rush
Any Way That You Want MeTina MasonTroggs
ApacheThe ShadowsJorgen Ingmann
Baby, It's YouShirellesThe Beatles, 1963; Smith, 1969
Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)Moon MartinRobert Palmer
Barbara-AnnThe RegentsThe Beach Boys as "Barbara Ann"
Beg, Borrow and StealRare BreedOhio Express
Bend Me, Shape MeOutsidersAmerican Breed
Bette Davis EyesJackie DeShannonKim Carnes
Back Magic WomanFleetwood MacSantana
Blame It On The BoogieMick JacksonThe Jacksons
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
(They Long To Be) Close To YouRichard ChamberlainCarpenters
CocaineJ. J. CaleEric Clapton
Come See About MeNella DoddsSupremes
Daddy CoolThe RaysDarts
DandyKinksHerman's Hermits
Dazed and ConfusedJake HolmesLed Zeppelin
Dedicated To The One I LoveThe '5' RoyalesMamas and Papas
Deep PurplePaul WhitemanNino Temple and April Stevens
Devil With A Blue Dress OnShorty LongMitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels
Devil WomanKristine SparkleCliff Richard
Different Drum
(written by Michael Nesmith)
Greenbriar BoysStone Poneys
Dizzy Miss LizzieLarry WilliamsBeatles
Do-Wah-DiddyExcitersMannfred Mann
Don't Let Me Be MisunderstoodNina SimoneEric Burdon and the Animals
Don't Throw Your Love AwayOrlonsSearchers
Dream A Little Dream Of MeOzzie Nelson and his OrchestraMama Cass
Drift AwayJohn Henry KurtzDobie Gray
Early Morning RainIan & SylviaGordon Lightfoot
Everybody Needs Somebody to LoveSolomon BurkeRolling Stones, Wilson Pickett, Blues Brothers
Everybody's Talkin'Fred NeilHarry Nilsson
Evil WaysWillie BoboSantana
FernandoAnni-Frid LyngstadABBA
The First Cut Is the DeepestP. P. ArnoldCat Stevens, Rod Stewart, others
The First Time Ever I Saw Your FaceEwan MacColl & Peggy SeegerRoberta Flack
For Ever And EverKennySlik
GalvestonDon Ho with the Oak Ridge StringsGlen Campbell
Gentle On My MindJohn HartfordGlen Campbell
Get TogetherKingston Trio
as "Let's Get Together"
Gimme Some Lovin'Homer Banks
as "(Ain't That) A Lot of Love"
Spencer Davis Group
Girls Just Want To Have FunRobert HazardCyndi Lauper
GloriaUmberto TozziLaura Branigan
Go NowBessie BanksMoody Blues
Go Where You Wanna GoMamas and PapasFifth Dimension
Going Up The CountryHenry "Ragtime Texas" Thomas, as "Bull Doze Blues" (1928)Canned Heat
Got My Mind Set On YouJames Ray (w/Hutch Davie Orchestra)George Harrison
Got My Mojo WorkingAnn ColeMuddy Waters
Handbags And GladragsChris FarloweRod Stewart
Hang on SloopyVibrations as "My Girl Sloopy"McCoys
Hanging On The TelephoneThe NervesBlondie
Hanky PankyThe RaindropsTommy James and the Shondells
He Ain't Heavy, He's My BrotherKelly GordonHollies
Hello Mary LouJohnny DuncanRicky Nelson
Here Comes The NightLulu and the LuvversVan Morrison and Them
Hi Ho Silver LiningThe AttackJeff Beck
Honey Don'tCarl PerkinsBeatles
House of the Rising SunClarence "Tom" Ashley and Gwen Foster as "Rising Sun Blues" (1933)Animals
HushBilly Joe RoyalDeep Purple
I Call Your NameBilly J. Kramer and the Dakotas
(Written by John Lennon)
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 Heard It Through the GrapevineGladys Knight and the Pips (Sept 1967) Marvin Gaye (Oct 1968)
Creedence Clearwater Revival (1970)
I Love Rock & RollThe ArrowsJoat Jett
I Never Promised You a Rose GardenJoe SouthLynn Anderson
I Only Have Eyes for You1934 movie "Dames"The Flamingos
I Remember YouDorothy Lamour (in "The Fleet's In" (1942))Frank Ifield
I Shot the SheriffBob Marley & WailersEric Clapton
I Will Always Love YouDolly PartonWhitney Houston
I'll Be ThereBobby DarinGerry and the Pacemakers
I'll Never Fall In Love AgainJill O'Hara & Jerry OrbachBobbie Gentry, 1969; Dionne Warwick, 1970
I'm a ManBo DiddleyYardbirds
I'm Gonna Make You Love MeDee Dee WarwickSupremes and Temptations
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)"
It's My PartyHelen ShapiroLesley Gore
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 Live For Today Original hook in The Drifters' "I Count the Tears" (1961)
Original song by The Rokes (1966)
Grass Roots (1967)
Let's Work TogetherWilbert HarrisonCanned Heat
Let Your Love FlowGene CottonThe Bellamy Brothers
Little Bit O' SoulLittle DarlingsMusic Explosion
Little Darlin'GladiolasDiamonds
Little Honda (click for info)Beach Boys
(album release)
(first single release and hit)
The Look Of LoveDusty SpringfieldSergio Mendes & Brasil '66
Louie LouieRichard BerryKingsmen
Love HurtsEverly BrothersNazareth
Love In VainRobert JohnsonRolling Stones
Love Potion No. 9CloversSearchers
Lovin' ThingsMarmaladeGrass Roots
Make it Easy on YourselfJerry ButlerWalker Brothers, and then Dionne Warwick
The Man Who Shot Liberty ValanceFairmount SingersGene Pitney
MatchboxCarl PerkinsBeatles
MbubeSolomon Linda's Original Evening BirdsThe Weavers as "Wimoweh",
The Tokens as "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"
Me About YouJackie DeShannonThe Turtles
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
Money (That's What I Want)Barrett StrongBeatles
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
My World Fell DownThe Ivy LeagueSagittarius
Needles And PinsJackie DeShannonSearchers
Nobody But MeIsley BrothersHuman Beinz
On BroadwayThe Cookies (unreleased original)
Crystals (first release)
One (Is the Loneliest Number)Harry NilssonThree Dog Night
One Less Bell To AnswerKeely SmithThe 5th Dimension
Over and OverBobby DayDave Clark Five
Papa Was a Rolling StoneUndisputed TruthTemptations
PersonalityLloyd Price(many)
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
Rockin' All Over The WorldJohn FogertyStatus Quo
SailingSutherland BrothersRod Stewart
Sealed with a KissThe Four VoicesBrian Hyland
See You in SeptemberThe TemposThe Happenings
Shake a Tail FeatherFive Du-TonesRay Charles
in "The Blues Brothers"
ShambalaB. W. StevensonThree Dog Night
Shame, ShameKeith ColleyMagic Lanterns
ShoutIsley BrothersJoey Dee and the Starliters, Lulu, others
Sloop John BThe Kingston Trio
(1st recording under this title)
Beach Boys
Slow DownLarry WilliamsBeatles
Soul DeepWayne CarsonBox Tops
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
Stop Your SobbingKinksPretenders
Sugar and SpiceSearchersCryan' Shames
Sweets For My SweetDriftersSearchers, and the Riddles
Tainted LoveGloria JonesSoft Cell
Take Me For A Little WhileEvie SandsJackie Ross, and later, Vanilla Fudge
Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While)Kim WestonDoobie Brothers
Take Me to the RiverAl GreenSyl Johnson, then Talking Heads
Tell HerGil Hamilton (aka Johnny Thunder)Exciters (US) and Billie Davis (UK) as "Tell Him"
The Air That I BreatheAlbert HammondHollies
The Candy ManAnthony NewleySammy Davis Jr
The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)Frankie ValliWalker Brothers
The Tide Is HighThe ParagonsBlondie
The TwistHank BallardChubby Checkers
That Guy's in LoveDanny WilliamsHerb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass
as "This Guy's in Love With You"
Time Is On My SideIrma ThomasRolling Stones
Trains And Boats And PlanesBurt Bacharach & OrchBilly J. Kramer & the Dakotas
True Love And Apple PieSusan ShirleyNew Seekers as
"I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing"
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)
Turn Around, Look At MeGlen CampbellVogues
Twist and ShoutTop NotesIsley Brothers, and then the Beatles
Unchained MelodyTodd DuncanRighteous Brothers
ValleriPineapple Heard
(first to record the song)
(on TV show before they recorded it)
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
What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am)TamsBill Deal and the Rhondels
When I Need YouAlbert HammondLeo Sayer
When You Walk in the RoomJackie DeShannonSearchers
Whole Lotta Shakin' Going OnRoy HallJerry Lee Lewis
Wild One (1958)Johnny O'Keefe(numerous)"
Wild ThingWild OnesThe Troggs
Willow Weep For MeTed Fio Rito (1934)Many, especially Chad & Jeremy (1964)
Wishin' And Hopin'Dionne WarwickDusty Springfield, 1964; Merseybeats, 1964
Without YouBadfingerHarry Nilsson
WoodstockJoni MitchellCrosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Workin' on a Groovy ThingPatti DrewFifth Dimension
Worst That Could HappenFifth DimensionBrooklyn Bridge
You Are So BeautifulBilly PrestonJoe Cocker
You Got What It TakesMarv JohnsonDave Clark Five
You Need LoveMuddy WatersLed Zeppelin as "Whole Lotta Love"
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're the OnePetula ClarkVogues
You've Made Me So Very HappyBrenda HollowayBlood, Sweat, & Tears
You've Really Got A Hold On MeMiraclesBeatles
Young LoveRic CarteySonny James, Tab Hunter
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 ChristmasDoye O'DellElvis 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
Crying in the ChapelDarrell GlennElvis 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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