Index of The Originals

September 7th, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

This is the alphabetical index of the songs that have been covered in the series of lesser-known originals. In brackets follows first the artist whose version is probably the best know, followed by the performer of the original (or the oldest version I could locate for purposes of posting it). That is followed by the link that leads to the post in which the history of the song is covered.

(Now And Then There’s) A Fool Such As I (Elvis Presley “” Hank Snow) “” Vol. 13
(They Long To Be) Close To You (Carpenters “” Richard Chamberlain) “” Vol. 17

A Boy Named Sue (Johnny Cash “” Shel Silverstein) “” Vol. 9
A Groovy Kind Of Love (The Mindbenders “” Diane & Annita) “” Vol. 38
A Taste Of Honey (The Beatles/Herb Alpert “” Billy Dee Williams) “” Vol. 25
Act Naturally (The Beatles “” Buck Owens) “” Vol. 25
Ain’t That Just The Way (Lutricia McNeal  “” Barbi Benton) “” Vol. 33
Air That I Breathe, The (The Hollies “” Albert Hammond) “” Vol. 8
Alright Alright Alright
(Mungo Jerry “” Jacques Dutronc [as Et moi, Et moi, Et moi]) “” Vol. 7
Always On Mind (Willie Nelson/Elvis Presley “” Brenda Lee) “” Vol. 15
Always Something There To Remind Me (Sandie Shaw “” Lou Johnson) “” Vol. 9
Angel Of The Morning (Merrilee Rush/Juice Newton “” Evie Sands) “” Vol. 39
Anna (Go To Him) (The Beatles “” Arthur Alexander) “” Vol. 35
Are You Lonesome Tonight (Elvis Presley “” Vaughn DeLeath) “” Vol. 21
At Last (Etta James “” Glenn Miller Orchestra) “” Vol. 40

Ballad Of Lucy Jordan, The (Marianne Faithfull “” Dr Hook & the Medicine Show) “” Vol. 3
Barbara-Ann (Beach Boys “” The Regents) “” Vol. 22
Battle Of New Orleans, The (Johnny Horton “” Jimmy Driftwood) “” Vol. 26
Bette Davis Eyes (Kim Carnes “” Jackie DeShannon) “” Vol. 8
Beyond The Sea (Bobby Darin “” Charles Trenet [as La Mer]) “” Vol. 3
Black Betty (Ram Jam “” James”˜Ironhead” Baker)  “” Vol. 2
Black Magic Woman (Santana “” Fleetwood Mac)  “” Vol. 1
Blame It On The Boogie (The Jacksons “” Mick Jackson) “” Vol. 18
Blowing In The Wind (Bob Dylan “” New World Singers) “” Vol. 27
Blueberry Hill (Glenn Miller/Fats Domino “” Sammy Kaye) “” Vol. 41
Blue Hawaii (Elvis Presley “” Bing Crosby) “” Vol. 15
Blue Moon (The Marcels “” Shirley Ross/Glen Gray & his Casa Loma Orchestra) “” Vol. 40
Blue Suede Shoes (Elvis Presley “” Carl Perkins) “” Vol. 13
Bossa Nova Baby (Elvis Presley “” Tippie and the Clovers) “” Vol. 15
Boys (The Beatles “” The Shirelles) “” Vol. 35
Burning Love (Elvis Presley “” Arthur Alexander) “” Vol. 21
Bye Bye Baby (Bay City Rollers “” Four Seasons)  “” Vol. 1
By The Time I Get To Phoenix (Glenn Campbell “” Johnny Rivers) “” Vol. 20

California Dreaming (The Mamas & the Papas “” Barry McGuire)  “” Vol. 10
Can’t Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley “” Charles Gilibert [as Plaisir d’Amour]) “” Vol. 16
Chains (The Beatles “” The Cookies) “” Vol. 25
Chanson d’Amour (Manhattan Transfer “” Art & Dottie Todd) “” Vol. 32
China Girl (David Bowie “” Iggy Pop) “” Vol. 29
Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep (Middle Of The Road “” Lally Stott) “” Vol. 31
City Of New Orleans (Arlo Guthrie “” Steve Goodman) “” Vol. 24
Come Back My Love (Darts “” The Wrens) “” Vol. 3
Come See About Me (The Supremes “” Nellie Dodds) “” Vol. 42
Crying In The Chapel (Elvis Presley/The Orioles “” Darrell Glenn) “” Vol. 21
Cryin” In The Rain (A-ha “” Everley Brothers) “” Vol. 1

Daddy Cool (Darts “” The Rays) “” Vol. 3
Dancing In The Moonlight (King Harvest/Toploader “” Buffalongo) “” Vol. 23
Dedicated To The One I Love (The Mamas & the Papas/The Shirelles “” The “5” Royales) “” Vol. 12
Denis (Blondie “” Randy & the Rainbows [as Denise]) “” Vol. 1
Devil In His Heart (The Beatles “” The Donays) “” Vol. 35
Don”t Let Me Be Misunderstood (the Animals/Santa Esmeralda “” Nina Simone) “” Vol. 12
Do Wah Diddy Diddy (Manfred Man “” The Exciters) “” Vol. 19
Dream A Little Dream Of Me (Mama Cass “” Ozzie Nelson Orchestra) “” Vol. 40

Early Morning Rain (Gordon Lightfoot “” Ian & Sylvia) “” Vol. 36
Evil Ways (Santana “” Willie Bobo) “” Vol. 30

Fever (Peggy Lee “” Little Willie John) “” Vol. 6
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, The (Roberta Flack “” Ewan MacColl & Peggy  Seeger) “” Vol. 1
Fly Me To The Moon (Frank Sinatra “” Kaye Ballard [as In Other Words]) “” Vol. 28
For Once In My Life (Stevie Wonder “” Jean DuShon) “” Vol. 23

Galveston (Glenn Campbell “” Don Ho) “” Vol. 26
Gentle On My Mind (Glenn Campbell “” John Hartfort) “” Vol. 33
Georgia On My Mind (Ray Charles “” Hoagy Carmichael) “” Vol. 23
Green Green Grass Of Home (Tom Jones “” Johnny Darrell) “” Vol. 11
Good Rockin’ Tonight (Elvis Presley “” Roy Brown) “” Vol. 13
Got My Mind Set On You (George Harrison “”James Ray) “” Vol. 33
Guitar Man (Elvis Presley “” Jerry Reed) “” Vol. 15

Handbags And Gladrags (Rod Stewart  “” Chris Farlowe) “” Vol. 6
Hang On Sloopy (The McCoys “” The Vibrations [as My Girl Sloopy]) “” Vol. 14
Hanging On The Telephone (Blondie “” The Nerves)  “” Vol. 2
Hanky Panky (Tommy James & the Shondells “” The Raindrops/The Summits) “” Vol. 42
He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother (The Hollies “” Kelly Gordon) “” Vol. 30
Hello It’s Me (Todd Rundgren “” Nazz) “” Vol. 34
Here Comes The Night (Them “” Lulu) “” Vol. 12
Hey Joe (Jimi Hendrix “” The Leaves) “” Vol. 7
His Latest Flame (Elvis Presley “” Del Shannon) “” Vol. 16
Holding Back The Years (Simply Red “” The Frantic Elevators) “” Vol. 34
Homeward Bound (Chad & Jeremy “” Simon & Garfunkel) “” Vol. 18
Hound Dog (Elvis Presley “” Big Mama Thornton/Freddie Bell & the Bellboys) “” Vol. 15
House Of The Risng Sun, The (The Animals “” Ashley & Foster [as Rising Sun Blues]) “” Vol. 22
Hurting Each Other (Carpenters “” Jimmy Clanton) “” Vol. 18
Hush (Deep Purple “” Billy Joe Royal) “” Vol. 20

I Can’t Stop Loving You (Ray Charles “” Don Gibson) “” Vol. 14
I Feel For You
(Chaka Khan “” Prince)  “” Vol. 10
I Fought The Law (Clash/Bobby Fuller “” The Crickets) “” Vol. 6
I Get A Kick Out Of You (Frank Sinatra “” Ethel Merman) “” Vol. 28
I Hear You Knocking (Dave Edmunds “” Smiley Lewis) “” Vol. 11
I Heard It Through The Grapevine
(Marvin Gaye “” Gladys Knight & the Pips)  “” Vol. 2
I Hung My Head (Johnny Cash “” Sting) “” Vol. 4
I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself (Dusty Springfield “” Tommy Hunt) “” Vol. 36
I Love Rock “˜n Roll
(Joan Jett “” The Arrows) “” Vol. 1
I Think We’re Alone Now (Tiffany “” Tommy James & the Shondells) “” Vol. 7
I Wanna Be Loved (Elvis Costello “” Teachers Edition) “” Vol. 30
I Want Candy (Bow Wow Woe “” The Stangeloves) “” Vol. 14
I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing (New Seekers “” Susan Shirley [as True Love And Apple Pie]) “” Vol. 36
I’m Into Something Good (Herman’s Hermits “” Earl-Jean) “” Vol. 42
In The Army Now (Status Quo “” Bolland) “” Vol. 37
Istanbul (Not Constantinople) (They Might Be Giants “” The Four Lads) “” Vol. 18
It May Be Winter Outside (Love Unlimited “” Felice Taylor) “” Vol. 39
It Must Be Love (Madness “” Labi Siffre) “” Vol. 24
It Was A Very Good Year (Frank Sinatra “” Kingston Trio) “” Vol. 28
It’s All Over Now (Rolling Stones “” The Valentinos) “” Vol. 31
It’s All Right Mama (Elvis Presley “” Arthur Crudup) “” Vol. 16
It”s Oh So Quiet (Bkork “” Betty Hutton [as Blow A Fuse]) “” Vol. 5
I”ve Got You Under My Skin (Frank Sinatra “” Virginia Bruce) “” Vol. 28
I Wanna Be Loved By You (Marilyn Monroe ““ Helen Kane) ““ Vol. 44

Jersey Girl (Bruce Springsteen “” Tom Waits) “” Vol. 12
Jesus Is Just All Right (Doobie Brothers – Art Reynolds Singers) “” Vol. 43
Jingo (Santana “” Babatunde Olatunji)  “” Vol. 10
Just A Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody (Louis Prima “” Ted Lewis/Marion Harris) “” Vol. 17
Just Walking In The Rain (Johnny Ray “” The Prisonaires) “” Vol. 29

Killing Me Softly With His Song (Roberta Flack “” Lori Lieberman) “” Vol. 30

La Vie en Rose (Edith Piaf “” Marianne Michel) “” Vol. 29
Lady Marmalade (LaBelle “” Eleventh Hour)  “” Vol. 10
Let It Be Me (Everly Brothers “” Jill Corey/Gilbert Bécaud [as J’appertiens]) “” Vol. 24
Let Your Flow (Bellamy Brothers “” Gene Cotton) “” Vol. 43
Let”s Stick Together (Bryan Ferry “” Wilbert Harrison [as Let’s Work Together) “” Vol. 11
Lion Sleeps Tinight, The (Wimoweh) (The Tokens/Lion King “” Solomon Linda [as Mbube]) “” Vol. 20
Louie Louie (The Kingsmen “” Richard Berry) “” Vol. 20
Love Hurts (Nazareth/Gram Parsons “” Everly Brothers) “” Vol. 4
Love Me For A Reason (The Osmonds “” Johnny Bristol) “” Vol. 43

Mandy (Barry Manilow “” Scott English [as Brandy]) “” Vol. 1
Me And Bobby McGee (Janis Joplin “” Roger Miller)  “” Vol. 2
Mickey (Toni Basil “” Racey [as Kitty]) “” Vol. 5
Midnight Train To Georgia (Gladys Knight & the Pips “” Cissy Houston) “” Vol. 43
Money”s Too Tight To Mention (Simply Red “” Valentine Brothers) “” Vol. 23
Mr Bojangles (Sammy Davis Jr “” Jerry Jeff Walker) “” Vol. 14
Mr Moonlight (The Beatles “” Dr Feelgood & the Interns) “” Vol. 35
Muskrat Love (Captain & Tenille/America “” Willis Alan Ramsey) “” Vol. 22
Mustang Sally (Wilson Pickett “” Sir Mack Rice) “” Vol. 17
My Baby Just Cares For Me (Nina Simone “” Ted Weems Orchestra) “” Vol. 24
My Baby Left Me (Elvis Presley “” Arthur Crudup) “” Vol. 16
My Boy Lollipop (Barbara Gaye “” Millie Small) “” Vol. 33
My Sweet Lord (George Harrison “” Billy Preston) “” Vol. 27
My Way (Frank Sinatra “” Claude François as Comme d’habitude) “” Vol. 12

Needles And Pins (the Searches “” Jackie DeShannon) “” Vol. 8
New York, New York (Frank Sinatra “” Liza Minelli) “” Vol. 1
Not Fade Away (Rolling Stones “” Buddy Holly & the Crickets) “” Vol. 29

On Broadway (The Drifters/George Benson “” The Cookies/The Crystals) “” Vol. 33
One Less Bell To Answer (5th Dimension ““ Keely Smith) ““ Vol. 44
One Night (Elvis Presley “” Smiley Lewis [as One Night Of Sin]) “” Vol. 13
Papa Was A Rolling Stone (The Temptations “” The Undisputed Truth) “” Vol. 19
Queen Of Hearts (Juice Newton “” Dave Edmunds) “” Vol. 26

Rainy Night In Georgia (Brook Benton “” Tony Joe White) “” Vol. 23
Rave On
(Buddy Holly “” Sonny West) “” Vol. 41
Reason To Believe (Rod Stewart/Carpenters “” Tim Hardin) “” Vol. 26
Real Wild Child (Iggy Pop “” Johnny O’Keefe [as Wild One]) “” Vol. 26
Rhinestone Cowboy
(Glenn Campbell “” Larry Weiss) “” Vol. 43
Riders In The Sky (The Ventures “” Burl Ives) “” Vol. 30
Ring Of Fire (Johnny Cash “” Anita Carter) “” Vol. 17
Rock Around The Clock (Bill Haley & his Comets “” Sonny Dae & his Knights) “” Vol. 11
Rose Garden (Lynn Anderson “” Joe South) “” Vol. 18
Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town (Kenny Rogers “” Mel Tillis) “” Vol. 24

Sailing (Rod Stewart “” Sutherland Brothers & Quiver) “” Vol. 7

Seasons In The Sun (Terry Jacks “” Rod McKuen/Jacques Brel [as Le Moribond]) “” Vol. 4
See You Later Alligator (Bill Haley & his Comets “” Bobby Charles) “” Vol. 36
Since You Been Gone (Rainbow “” Russ Ballard) “” Vol. 6
Singin” In The Rain (Gene Kelly “” Cliff Edwards) “” Vol. 3
Shame On The Moon (Bob Seger “” Rodney Crowell) “” Vol. 22
Shoop Shoop Song (Betty Everett/Cher “” Merry Clayton) “” Vol. 29
Sloop John B.
(Beach Boys “” Kingston Trio)  “” Vol. 2
Someday We’ll Be Together (Diana Ross & the Supremes “” Johnny & Jackey) “”Vol. 37
Something Stupid (Frank & Nancy Sinatra “” Carson & Gaile) “” Vol. 7
Sorrow
(David Bowie “” The McCoys) “” Vol. 4
Strangers In The Night (Frank Sinatra “” Bert Kaempfert) “” Vol. 28
Strawberry Letter #23 (Brothers Johnson “” Shuggie Otis) “” Vol. 11
Streets Of Baltimore (Gram Parsons “” Bobby Bare) “” Vol. 32
Substitute (Clout ““ Righteous Brothers) ““ Vol. 44
Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore, The (Walker Brothers “” Frankie Valli) “” Vol. 9
Sunday Morning, Coming Down (Kris Kristofferson/Johnny Cash “” Ray Stevens) “”
Vol. 27
Sunny (Bobby Hebb “” Mieko Hirota) “” Vol. 39
Super Duper Love (Joss Stone “” Sugar Billy) “” Vol. 36
Superstar (Carpenters “” Delaney & Bonnie [as Groupie]) “” Vol. 5
Suspicious Minds (Elvis Presley “” Mark James) “” Vol. 21
Suzanne (Leonard Cohen “” Judy Collins) “” Vol. 27

Tennessee Waltz (Patti Page “” Cowboy Copas/Pee Wee King) “” Vol. 37
That Lady (Isley Brothers [1964] “” Isley Brothers [1973]) “” Vol. 34
The Twist
(Chubby Checker “” Hank Ballard) “” Vol. 41
This Masquerade (Carpenters “” Leon Russell)  “” Vol. 1
There’s A Kind Of Hush (Carpenters “” Herman”s Hermits ) “” Vol. 3
This Ole House (Rosemary Clooney/Shakin’ Stevens “” Stuart Hamblen) “” Vol. 22
Till There Was You (The Beatles “” Barbara Cook & Robert Preston) “” Vol. 25
Tide Is High, The (Blondie “” The Paragons) “” Vol. 9
There Goes My Everything (Elvis Presley/Engelbert Humperdinck “” Ferlin Huskey) “” Vol. 21
Tip Toe Through The Tulips (Tiny Tim “” Nick Lucas) “” Vol. 20
Tom Hark (The Piranhas “” Elias & his Zig Zag Jive Flutes) “” Vol. 31
Torn (Natalie Imbruglia “” Ednaswap/Lis Sörensen) “” Vol. 17
Try A Little Tenderness (Otis Redding “” Bing Crosby) “” Vol. 1
Turn Turn Turn (The Byrds “” Pete Seeger) “” Vol. 5
Twilight Time (The Platters “” The Three Suns) “” Vol. 32
Twist And Shout (The Beatles/Isley Brothers “” The Top Notes) “” Vol. 25

Unchained Melody (Righteous Brothers “” Todd Duncan) “” Vol. 32
Under The Influence Of Love (Love Unlimited “” Felice Taylor) “” Vol. 39
Universal Soldier (Donovan “” The Highwaymen) “” Vol. 31

Video Killed The Radio Star (The Buggles “” Bruce Woolley)  “” Vol. 2

Walk Away Renée (The Four Tops “” The Left Banke)  “” Vol. 10
We’ve Only Just Begun (Carpenters “” Freddie Allen) “” Vol. 32
Whiskey In The Jar (Thin Lizzy/The Dubliners “” The Highwaymen) “” Vol. 8
Wild Hoses (The Rolling Stones “” Flying Burrito Brothers) “” Vol. 27
Wild Thing (The Troggs “” The Wild Ones) “” Vol. 39
Without You (Nilsson/Mariah Carey “” Badfinger) “” Vol. 9
When You Say Nothing At All (Ronan Keating/Alison Krauss “” Keith Whitley) “” Vol. 38
Whole Lotta Shakin” Going On (Jerry Lee Lewis “” Big Maybelle/Roy Hall) “” Vol. 38
Wonder Of You, The (Elvis Presley “” Ray Peterson) “” Vol. 21
Words Of Love (The Beatles “” Buddy Holly) “” Vol. 35

Yeh Yeh (Georgie Fame “” Mongo Santamaria/Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan) “” Vol. 31
You Are So Beautiful (Joe Cocker “” Billy Preston) “” Vol. 19
You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me (Dusty Springfield “” Pino Donaggio) “” Vol. 14
You”re No Good (Linda Ronstadt “” Dee Dee Warwick) “” Vol. 4
You’ve Made Me So Very Happy (Blood, Sweat & Tears “” Brenda Holloway) “” Vol. 6

n Miller/Fats Domino “” Sammy Kaye) “” Vol. 41
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  1. lee
    August 14th, 2011 at 23:56 | #1

    how about slip sliding away p. simon was used for every breath you take-the police

  2. halfhearteddude
    August 15th, 2011 at 07:04 | #2

    Oh, good spot. Could use that for the Copy Borrow Steal series.

  3. steve heeren
    August 15th, 2011 at 21:14 | #3

    hi, amd:

    a great song from the early 1960s – Walk right In – i just found out was based on a much earlier song of 1924. don’t know any of the details but you might consider doing “an original” on it.

    steve heeren

  4. halfhearteddude
    August 15th, 2011 at 21:56 | #4

    The earliest version I know (and have) is that by Cannon’s Jug Stompers from 1929, which was written by the eponymous Gus Cannon. Which, of course, qualifies it as an Original. But given that I have something like 250 other songs waiting to be covered (as it were), I can’t make any promises.

  5. steve heeren
    August 16th, 2011 at 00:50 | #5

    @halfhearteddude
    i was wrong about the 1924 date but “Jug Stompers” (what does this refer to?) sure rings a bell.

  6. Allan
    March 27th, 2012 at 18:44 | #6

    Nice site,
    Here is one more. It has a funny history, eventually leading to US No 1
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hooked_on_a_Feeling

  7. GeeeFlat
    January 20th, 2014 at 16:21 | #7

    Thank you very much Sir, for the Freddie Allen We’ve only just begun! \this is extremely rare and the original and only 45RPM n the White whale label runs around 150 bucks as a collector. No MP£ is available anywhere, so really you saved my life! Fantastic track! Thank you !!!