In my religious and academic lives I have an affinity for tracking down the original sources of ideas. Not surprisingly, this trait extends to other areas of geekdom including music. While there are no shortage of cover songs – with more coming every day – there are times when the cover version so completely overshadows the original that only few know whence it came.
In the interests of promoting music education, I’ve collected some of my favorite lost originals.
The Arrows – I Love Rock and Roll
Gloria Jones – Tainted Love
The Four Lads – Istanbul
Otis Redding – Hard to Handle
Neil Diamond – Red Red Wine
Louis Prima – Just a Gigolo
J.J. Cale – Cocaine
The Slade – Cum On Feel the Noize
Merrilee Rush – Angel of Morning
Cat Stevens – The First Cut Is The Deepest (forgot this one myself)
Jackie DeShannon – Bette Davis Eyes
1. I’ve always loved the irony that many educated Jews are familiar with this quote but do not know to whom it is attributed. To my knowledge the only instance where this citation is itself attributed is B. Megillah 15a which records this statement in the name of R. Elazar citing R. Hanina. Cue up Redemption Song.