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?

2 comments:

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!