Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Pop Songwriters

Just as the best recordings of Bob Dylan’s songs were done by others, many of the best versions of Lennon-McCartney songs were covers.

Here are three to consider:

“You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” recorded by The Silkies.

“Yesterday,” recorded by Elvis Presley.

“Dear Prudence,” recorded by Siouxsie and the Banshees.

Are there others?


Rae Hicks Brozo Zimmerman said...

plus the ones that the beatles themselves covered, don't forget...oops, i forgot, sorry, my memory is gone!

King said...

The Beatles did a great cover of Buddy Holly's "Words of Love."
Once on this blog I presented the idea that the three best songwriters of the rock era were Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and Buddy Holly. I still hold to that.
It was about this time in 1959 that Buddy Holly sat in a cold flat in New York City during a bitterly cold winter, much like this one, recording his final masterful songs with an acoustic guitar and a tape recorder. One can picture the discovery of those songs after he died a short time later in the now-famous plane crash, during a shitty tour in the upper Midwest, which itself was a sign of the fledgling nature of rock at the time.
Have a good day!