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NEW YORK - OCTOBER 25: (L-R) Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker of Cream perform onstage at Madison Square Garden October 25, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

Some of the most amazing Classic Rock songs ever recorded were not originally done by our rock and roll heroes.  Here is a short compilation of the original versions of rock songs we all know and love.  It’s cool to see how (or if) they arranged the songs differently than their original counterparts.  Take a listen and see which ones you like, or not, or which ones may be better than their rock and roll covers!

I Love Rock And Roll – The Arrows

Arrows, I Love Rock N Roll, Alan Merrill

Arrows, "I Love Rock N Roll" featuring lead singer Alan Merrill. The original a-side version from 1975 by the band (Alan Merrill and) the Arrows. The group were produced by British legend Mickie Most, and the tune was written by Arrows Alan Merrill and Jake Hooker.

Joan Jett may have had the platinum-selling hit single in 1981, but the song was cowritten by Alan Merrill of a British band The Arrows and first released in 1975.



Move It On Over – Hank Williams

Move it on Over - Hank Williams

Move It On Over was the first Hank Williams' first country hit reaching in 1947 rank #4 on country singles chart.

The killer cover by George Thorogood & The Delaware Destroyers was originally a 1947 country hit for the legendary Hank Williams.



Hard To Handle – Otis Redding

Otis Redding - Hard To Handle

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It’s hard to top the original, recorded and co-written by Otis Redding.  Even though the Crowes have the most popular rock version of the song, bands and artists like The Grateful Dead and Tom Jones also worked it into their live repertoires in the 60s and 70s.  On the radio promo CD single of Hard To Handle, there’s a remix with horns similar to the Redding version.



Reason to Believe – Tim Hardin

"Reason to Believe" Tim Hardin

One of my favorite folk songs of the 60s is "Reason to Believe" written by Tim Hardin in 1965 and covered by many other artists including Rod Stewart, The Carpenters, Johnny Cash, and Glen Campbell The original recording appeared on his debut album, Tim Hardin 1, released on the Verve Records in 1966.

Both Hardin’s original from 1965 and Rod’s 1971 hit cover are beautiful, plaintive arrangements, but very different in sound.



Me And Bobby McGee – Roger Miller

Roger Miller ~ Me And Bobby McGee

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Just a few months before Janis recorded her legendary version, Roger Miller released his version of the Kris Kristofferson-penned song as a single.



Piece Of My Heart – Erma Franklin

Erma Franklin - Piece of My Heart

Music video by Erma Franklin performing Piece of My Heart. (C) Originally Released 1967 Sony BMG Music Entertainment

Aretha’s older sister Erma Franklin released this classic a full year before Janis and Big Brother made it theirs.



Hush – Joe South

Hush (Remastered)

Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group Hush (Remastered) · Joe South Games People Play ℗ 2002 Capitol Records, LLC Released on: 1969-01-01 Producer, Associated Performer, Vocals: Joe South Studio Personnel, Mastering Engineer: Mark Chalecki Composer: Joe South Auto-generated by YouTube.

Even though the sounds are different, Deep Purple took the basic arrangement of the song Joe South wrote and first recorded, and turned it into a hard rock anthem.


(Oh) Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison

Oh, Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison (HD - HQ 720p - 1080p) DVDRip High Quality and Definition

Videoclipe criado por mim, baseado na trilha sonora do filme 'Pretty Woman' (Uma Linda Mulher) e das capturas de reprodução da música Oh, Pretty Woman, cantada por Roy Orbison . No final, clique em 'Gostei' caso tenha admirado o vídeo e divulgue para os amigos. Entre em meu canal:

Of course we know this outstanding original by the great Roy Orbison, covered by Van Halen in 1982.  Just gives me an excuse to post this!


Crossroads – Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson- Crossroad

delta blues music

You can hear the pain and conflict in Johnson’s voice when he recorded this song in room 414 of the Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, Texas on November 23, 1936.  Clapton, Baker and Bruce’s arrangement, while less painful, is certainly powerful in its own right.  RIP, Ginger.



Ready For Love – Mott The Hoople

Mott The Hoople - Ready for Love/After Lights

Walking down the rocky road Wondering where my life is leading Rolling on to the bitter end Finding out along the way What it takes to keep love living You should know how it feels my friend Ooh want you to stay Ooh want you today And I'm ready for

I guess this counts!  When Mick Ralphs joined Bad Company in 1973, he brought along a song he’d recorded with his previous band, Mott The Hoople, that appeared on their “All the Young Dudes” album.  Bad Company’s version is similar to the Hoople original, safe for a few lines of verse taken out.  Also, BadCo’s version doesn’t add the instrumental song “After Lights,” like Mott did on their album.


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