Overshadowed Originals and Classic Covers: “Jersey Girl”

In the fifth and final installment of Overshadowed Originals and Classic Covers, we take a look at "Jersey Girl." The song was written and originally recorded by the great storyteller Tom Waits for his 1980 album, "Heartattack and Vine." The inspiration was his future wife and collaborator, Kathleen Brennan, who was living in New Jersey. … Continue reading Overshadowed Originals and Classic Covers: “Jersey Girl”

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Overshadowed Originals and Classic Covers: “Broken Arrow”

The fourth part of this five-part series on Overshadowed Originals and Classic Covers takes a look at "Broken Arrow," which was made into a hit by Rod Stewart, who recorded it for his 1991 album, "Vagabond Heart." But the song was written and originally recorded by Robbie Robertson -- formerly of The Band -- for … Continue reading Overshadowed Originals and Classic Covers: “Broken Arrow”

Overshadowed Originals and Classic Covers: “Hallelujah”

The third installment in my five-part series of posts on Overshadowed Originals and Classic Covers looks at "Hallelujah." The version of this song recorded by the late, great Jeff Buckley is regarded by some music authorities as one of the greatest recordings of all-time. Strangely, Buckley's take is based on John Cale's cover of the … Continue reading Overshadowed Originals and Classic Covers: “Hallelujah”

Overshadowed Originals and Classic Covers: “The Greatest Love of All”

For the second part of my planned five-part series looking at Overshadowed Originals and Classic Covers, we turn to "The Greatest Love of All." Of course, everyone knows the version recorded by Whitney Houston that became an international hit. However, the song was originally performed and recorded by George Benson for the 1977 film "The … Continue reading Overshadowed Originals and Classic Covers: “The Greatest Love of All”

Overshadowed Originals & Classic Covers: “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and “They Don’t Know”

This is part one of a five-part series of posts this week that looks at original versions of songs made much more famous by other artists. Now, this doesn't mean I'm trying to take anything away from the more popular cover version, or saying that the original is always better. There are plenty of cases … Continue reading Overshadowed Originals & Classic Covers: “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and “They Don’t Know”