First off, I have to say that the votes are pouring in for the Band of the Year. Overnight or early this morning we had a lead change – so keep voting. You can vote here
It’s Thursday which means we take a randomish shuffle through our growing list of cover versions of songs. We have a good list so let’s get started:
1. In 2010 Jason Mraz recorded a cover of Norman Greenbaum’s 1960s classic Spirit in the Sky as part of the Levi’s Pioneer Sessions.
2. Alternative Super Cover Group Me First and the Gimme Gimmes did what they do to Hall & Oates first #1 song (1977s Rich Girl)
3. Bruce Springsteen got all rootsy and stuff and covered the Blind Alfred Reed folk song originally recorded in 1929. How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live was on 2006s We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions – American Land Edition. Springsteens version includes verses about Hurrican Katrina and owes more to the 1970 Ry Cooder version than Reed’s original.
4. Dusty Springfield covered Carole King’s Tapestry song – made famouser by James Taylor – You Got a Friend is on her classic 1971 Dusty in Memphis which was actually recorded before Taylor’s version.