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Indestructibles 3


What anal-retentives do for fun — every so often I like to go through my iTunes library and take note of examples where I have three or more versions of the same song. These are the “indestructables,” songs that hold up to being done by several different artists. Assembling the latest batch resulted in lots of Bacharach, Motown, and other ’60s pop — although I don’t know why I have four renditions of “Feelin’ Groovy”, since honestly I find that song too grating and cutesy-poo. Six “Walk On By”s is more like it. Outstanding. What are your indestructibles? (art is from Ethel Smith’s Hit Party vinyl LP cover)

(There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me — Lou Johnson, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Naked Eyes, Sue Raney
Aguas de Marco — Antonio Carlos Jobim and Elis Regina, Stan Getz, Trio Mocoto
Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In — The Fifth Dimension, Diana Ross & The Supremes, James Last
Baby It’s You — The Beatles, The Shirelles, Smith
Baby, I Love You — The Ronettes, Andy Kim, Cher
But You Know I Love You — Bill Anderson, Dolly Parton, Evie Sands
Crying in the Rain — The Everly Brothers, The Partridge Family, Rockpile
I Say a Little Prayer — Burt Bacharach, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, The Renaissance, Brasilia Modern Six
I Want You Back — Jackson 5, Esso Trinidad Steel Band, Graham Parker
I’ll Plant My Own Tree — Eileen Wilson, Margaret Whiting, Judy Garland, Patty Duke
I’m Gonna Make You Love Me — Madeline Bell, Bryan Hyland, Nick DeCaro
Love So Fine — The Carnival, Roger Nichols & The Small Circle of Friends, The Four King Cousins, Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent
Make It Easy On Yourself — Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick, Jerry Butler
Mas Que Nada — Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66
Put Yourself In My Place — The Supremes, The Isley Brothers, Chris Clark
Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head — Quarteto Forma, The Renaissance, Jimmy Ruffin
Reach Out For Me — Burt Bacharach, The Carnival, Lou Johnson
Rio — Lucio Alves, Paul Winter, Sylvia Telles
She’s Got You — Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Timi Yuro
Spinning Wheel — Barbara Acklin, Chris Clark, The Flaming Ember, The Peter Covent Band
Sugar and Spice — The Cryan’ Shames, The Searchers, Tony Hatch
Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While) — Eddie Holland, Chris Clark, Kim Weston
The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) — The Golddiggers, Paul Desmond, Harpers Bizarre, Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent
Ticket To Ride — Alma Cogan, The Carpenters, Mystic Moods Orchestra
Trust — Paul Williams, The Peppermint Trolley Co., Roger Nichols & The Small Circle of Friends
Walk On By — Connie Francis, Dionne Warwick, Enoch Light, The Four King Cousins, The Renaissance, Sue Raney
Without Her/Him — Blood, Sweat & Tears, Julie London, Triste Janero
You’re The One — Petula Clark, Tony Hatch, The Cookies

10 Thoughts on “Indestructibles 3

  1. I don’t have as many as I thought. I did find “I Get a Kick Out of You” by Dinah Washington, Dolly Parton, and Ethel Merman (from the Ethel Merman Disco Album!). There’s also “I Still Miss Someone” by Johnny Cash (2 versions), Johnny Cash & Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and Nanci Griffith. Plus, lots of Christmas songs!

  2. Well, I started my list, but you could make me be up all night…my list is here.

  3. Tim Halbur on September 19, 2006 at 11:04 pm said:

    Amazingly, the only song I have more than 3 versions of is Long Black Veil, which was deliberate on my part. I thought for sure I had umpteen versions of Caravan, but only two are on iTunes!

  4. Satisfaction – Rolling Stones, Otis Redding, Devo

  5. OMG, Matt… I got tired just going through my 12,000+ tracks in iTunes! LOL

    Here goes:
    (Love Is Like) A Heatwave – Martha and The Vandellas (1963), The Supremes (1965), Dusty Springfield (1967)

    (There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me – Sandie Shaw (1964), Patti LaBelle and The Bluebelles (1966), Martha Reeves and The Vandellas (1967), Dionne Warwick (1968), & The Renaissance (1968?)

    (They Long To Be) Close To You – Dionne Warwick (1964), The Renaissance (1968?), Josie and The Pussycats (1970), Diana Ross (1971), & Dionne Warwick (1972)

    A Brand New Me – Jerry Butler (1969), Mary Wells (1969), Dusty Springfield (1969), & Aretha Franklin (1972)

    Ask Any Girl – The Supremes (1964), Len Barry (as “1,2,3” – 1965), Tony Martin (as “Ask Any Man” – 1965) & Chris Clark (1967)

    Baby I Need Your Loving – The Four Tops (1964), Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston (1965), Sandie Shaw (1965), The Supremes (1966), Gene Pitney (1968), Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (1969), & Lisa Stansfield (1999)

    Baby Love – The Supremes (1964), Annie Philippe (1965), The Fantabulous Strings (1965), and Choker Campbell and His 16-Piece Band (1965)

    Everybody Needs Love – Mary Wells (1964), Jimmy Ruffin (1965), The Velvelettes (1966), Gladys Knight and The Pips (1967), & Smokey Robinson and The Miracles (1968)

    For Once In My Life – Barbara McNair (1965), Jean DuShon (1966), The Four Tops (1966), Martha and The Vandellas (1967), Stevie Wonder (1968), The Temptations (1968), Jackie Wilson (1968), The Spiral Starecase (1969), Andy Williams (1969), Kiki Dee (1970), & Gladys Knight and The Pips (1972)

    Good Lovin’ – The Young Rascals (1966), The Elgins (1966), & Mary Wells (1966)

    Happiness – The Anita Kerr Singers (1967), The Association (1967), & The Addrisi Brothers (1970)

    I Hear A Symphony – The Supremes (1965), The Isley Brothers (1965), Barbara McNair (1966), Leslie Uggams (1966), Stevie Wonder (1966), & The Jackson 5 (1972)

    Let The Good Times In – The Hung Jury (1967), The Love Generation (1968), & The Partridge Family (1970)

    I’m sure I’ve got half an alphabet more, but there’s a good start. Anything listed pique anyone else’s interest?

  6. the ramones’ version of “baby, i love you” is pretty great too.

  7. You’re right, Ted. I have an old vinyl copy of End of the Century that need to migrate to iTunes someday.

    Dan, you’re amazing! I didn’t know Mary Wells recorded a “Brand New Me”. That somebody else did “Let the Good Times In” before the Love Generation is also new. The LG and Partridge versions of that song are basically the same, only one has a trumpet sounds and the other has Shirley Jones.

  8. Great list Matt! You too Dan! I did the I-Tunes alphabetical song title option and the only thing I came up with is “God Only Knows” (Beach Boys, Joey Heatherton, The Four King Cousins and Petra HAden). I also have about 23 songs called “track 03,” though I doubt it’s the same song. Your “work in progress” mix CD includes yet another version of “Feelin’ Groovy.” Sorry :(

  9. Baby, I Love You — The Ronettes, Andy Kim, Cher

    but not Aretha Franklin? Are you kidding me?

  10. Hi, Randy – I have that one, too! It doesn’t count, though, since it’s a different song from the Ronettes/Andy Kim/Cher tune.

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