I didn't know it was a cover

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guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 3324
edited December 2017 in Music
Just caught my daughter watching Dirty Dancin and heard 'Stay' - I just assumed it was a Jackson Brown song - So now found out it was by Maurice Williams

So what songs have you assumed are original and later found out to be a cover
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 10540
    Apparently Madonna wasn't the first to do American Pie. *gobsmacked*
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  • Nothin Compares 2 U springs to mind. 
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  • dindudedindude Frets: 4841
    Nightcall I thought was written by London Grammar. Didn’t realise until recently the original is a great piece of electronica

    https://youtu.be/MV_3Dpw-BRY
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  • proggyproggy Frets: 1191
    I'm a believer by The Monkees. Only discovered a few years ago that it's a Neil Diamond song.

    I haven't actually heard Neil Diamond's version though.
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  • Step On by The Happy Mondays.. I was gobsmacked I tell thee.


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  • DeadmanDeadman Frets: 2436
    Son of a gun by Nirvana. I was quite disappointed about it at the time.
    My trading feedback is here 
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  • AlexCAlexC Frets: 837
    If Not For You - George Harrison released it on All Things Must Pass just before Dylan released it on New Morning. I heard the Harrison version first not realising it was a Dylan song.
    I also had to endure, along with the rest of the UK, Without You by Mariah Carey which someone told me was a Nilsson song. So imagine my surprise when I bought a Badfinger cd 15 years later and found out it’s actually their song!
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  • AlexCAlexC Frets: 837
    Nothin Compares 2 U springs to mind. 
    I could be wrong - but I think Sinead released her version before the Prince version was released. Bit like Manic Monday - which he gave to the The Bangles - not sure if he ever released a version of that.
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  • proggy said:
    I'm a believer by The Monkees. Only discovered a few years ago that it's a Neil Diamond song.

    I haven't actually heard Neil Diamond's version though.
    He was the songwriter, and he performs it live but it wasn’t a cover version the monkees did. Their recording was first. 
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  • DiscoStuDiscoStu Frets: 2605
    Behind The Mask by Eric Clapton.
    It's a late 70s song by Japanese synthpop band Yellow Magic Orchestra. Michael Jackson added lyrics to it and it was then covered by Clapton.
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  • Neil Diamond also wrote Red Red Wine ....not UB40 as many people think..

    “To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable.”

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  • I had Goodbye Jumbo and Bang by World Party and was gobsmacked when I found out
    they wrote She's the one ...
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  • FuengiFuengi Frets: 313
    I first heard 'Come Up And See Me' as a live cover by Duran Duran, I think it was a B side on one of their singles. I remember really liking it.

    It was a few years later I found out it was Steve Harley & C R and had to keep schtum about how I knew it with my very serious musical mates! 
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 10540
    Fuengi said:
    I first heard 'Come Up And See Me' as a live cover by Duran Duran, I think it was a B side on one of their singles. I remember really liking it.

    It was a few years later I found out it was Steve Harley & C R and had to keep schtum about how I knew it with my very serious musical mates! 
    It was the B side to Relax, I have the original on vinyl and it's brilliantly done. 
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  • skaguitar said:
    Neil Diamond also wrote Red Red Wine ....not UB40 as many people think..
    Although they didn’t know he wrote it for a long time, they were doing a ( fairly straight) cover of the Tony Tribe version.

    I mentioned on here the other day Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft which always seemed an odd Carpenters song but I only recently discovered it was actually an odd cover ( originally by Klaatu). 

    I was listening to Private Life by Grace Jones today, I know it’s a cover but I didn’t for years - very smart reworking of The Pretenders original. 


    I feel the warm, healing, liquid presence of God’s genuine cold-filtered grace. 
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  • FuengiFuengi Frets: 313
    Fuengi said:
    I first heard 'Come Up And See Me' as a live cover by Duran Duran, I think it was a B side on one of their singles. I remember really liking it.

    It was a few years later I found out it was Steve Harley & C R and had to keep schtum about how I knew it with my very serious musical mates! 
    It was the B side to Relax, I have the original on vinyl and it's brilliantly done. 

    ... The Reflex - you got me searching then! I was staring wonder if Frankie's Relax wasn't a DD cover! 
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 10540
    Fuengi said:
    Fuengi said:
    I first heard 'Come Up And See Me' as a live cover by Duran Duran, I think it was a B side on one of their singles. I remember really liking it.

    It was a few years later I found out it was Steve Harley & C R and had to keep schtum about how I knew it with my very serious musical mates! 
    It was the B side to Relax, I have the original on vinyl and it's brilliantly done. 

    ... The Reflex - you got me searching then! I was staring wonder if Frankie's Relax wasn't a DD cover! 
    Doh! Damn you autocorrect - typed reflex and it autocorrected to relax! 
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 10540
    @Fuengi - you made me go find it ;)




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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 3696
    Just to be contrary, I didn't know it wasn't a cover:

    I only learned this week that "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is a Mariah Carey original, I'd always assumed it was a cover of something from the '60s. 

    I'm not a fan of the heavily-upholstered diva, but fair play, it's a good song.
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  • NeillNeill Frets: 367
    Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the wind" 
       
    Led Zep's "Dazed and Confused" (and Stairway to Heaven, if you like).
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  • proggyproggy Frets: 1191
    Philly_Q said:
    Just to be contrary, I didn't know it wasn't a cover:

    I only learned this week that "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is a Mariah Carey original, I'd always assumed it was a cover of something from the '60s. 

    I'm not a fan of the heavily-upholstered diva, but fair play, it's a good song.

    I hate to admit it but I agree with you, it is a good song.
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  • Just caught my daughter watching Dirty Dancin
    Yeah right ... your secret is safe with us
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 28362
    I've known about these for a long time, but it was a surprise at the time when I found out, having listened to them for years beforehand...

    Jimi Hendrix - Hey Joe. (Original by The Leaves.)
    Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Want To Have Fun (Original by Robert Hazard.)

    Neill said:
    Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the wind"
    Only the melody. The lyrics are all Dylan's.

    Neill said:
       
    Led Zep's "Dazed and Confused" (and Stairway to Heaven, if you like).
    Why stop there? :)


    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • Step On by The Happy Mondays.. I was gobsmacked I tell thee.



    I didn't either, good cover though.

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  • ICBM said:
    I've known about these for a long time, but it was a surprise at the time when I found out, having listened to them for years beforehand...

    Jimi Hendrix - Hey Joe. (Original by The Leaves.)
    Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Want To Have Fun (Original by Robert Hazard.)

    Neill said:
    Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the wind"
    Only the melody. The lyrics are all Dylan's.

    Neill said:
       
    Led Zep's "Dazed and Confused" (and Stairway to Heaven, if you like).
    Why stop there? :)


    The Cyndi Lauper one was written by Hazard several years earlier and recorded by him but , according to Wikipedia anyway, never released so wether technically it’s a cover version I wasn’t sure. Although, yes, I guess most people imagine it was written by her and not by a bloke called Robert and I didn’t know until recently. 

    My only Cyndi Lauper story is that she held up the recording of We Are The World. Apparently they had to stop for several hours whilst they sorted out a mystery noise that was coming through on the recording - turned out to be Cyndi’s bangles. 
    I feel the warm, healing, liquid presence of God’s genuine cold-filtered grace. 
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  • proggy said:
    I'm a believer by The Monkees. Only discovered a few years ago that it's a Neil Diamond song.

    I haven't actually heard Neil Diamond's version though.
    Like wise - I've never heard his version - maybe he just wrote it ?
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 28362
    proggy said:
    I'm a believer by The Monkees. Only discovered a few years ago that it's a Neil Diamond song.

    I haven't actually heard Neil Diamond's version though.
    Like wise - I've never heard his version - maybe he just wrote it ?


    He did actually record it before the Monkees, but I'm not sure if it was released.
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • prowlaprowla Frets: 678
    AlexC said:
    If Not For You - George Harrison released it on All Things Must Pass just before Dylan released it on New Morning. I heard the Harrison version first not realising it was a Dylan song.
    I also had to endure, along with the rest of the UK, Without You by Mariah Carey which someone told me was a Nilsson song. So imagine my surprise when I bought a Badfinger cd 15 years later and found out it’s actually their song!
    I didn't know thst "If Not For You" was by Dylan, but it absolutely makes sense just from the phrasing. BTW, if you haven't heard it, listen to the Concert For Bangladesh album.

    Nilson lifted Badfinger's "Without You" to another level. Funnily enough, their biggest hit ("Come And Get It") was written by McCartney and featured in a movie starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr!



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  • proggyproggy Frets: 1191
    ICBM said:
    proggy said:
    I'm a believer by The Monkees. Only discovered a few years ago that it's a Neil Diamond song.

    I haven't actually heard Neil Diamond's version though.
    Like wise - I've never heard his version - maybe he just wrote it ?


    He did actually record it before the Monkees, but I'm not sure if it was released.

    Excellent. Thanks for posting that.
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  • prowlaprowla Frets: 678
    I Love Rock 'n' Roll was originally by Arrows.



    "Since You've Been Gone" was written by Russ Ballard, of Argent, who also wrote "God gave Rock And Roll To You" and who sang "Hold Your Head Up" (though he didn't write that one).

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