Covers Which Might Have Just Been Better Than The Originals (Part 1)

1. “BABY, I LOVE YOU” (THE RAMONES, 1980).

Written by Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry, “Baby, I Love You” is a pop song which was originally recorded by American girl group The Ronettes in 1963.

It was on the 1980 album End Of The Century that The Ramones unleashed their version upon the world, a cover which, like its 1963 predecessor, was produced by Phil Spector. It reached #8 in the UK Singles Chart in 1980.

2. “THEN I KISSED HER” (THE BEACH BOYS, 1965).

Like much of the American girl group music at the time, “Then He Kissed Me” is a song that was written by the songwriting powerhouse of Ellie Greenwich, Phil Spector and Jeff Barry and originally recorded by The Crystals in 1963.

In 1965, The Beach Boys, on their album Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!), reworded the title, i.e. “Then I Kissed Her”, and released the song from a male perspective. It peaked at #4 in the UK Singles Chart.

3. “ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER” (JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE, 1968).

“All Along The Watchtower” is a song which was written by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan and featured on his 1967 album entitled John Wesley Harding. Surprisingly, the song, the second single from the album, did not chart.

However, it was in 1968, less than a year after Dylan’s original recording, that Jimi Hendrix Experience released their version on the album Electric Ladyland, finally giving the song the recognition it deserved. To this day, “All Along The Watchtower” is identified more with Hendrix’s rendition than with Dylan’s by a considerable number of people. It reached #5 in the UK Singles Chart.

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