Thursday, January 29, 2009

Setting the Record Straight - Part II

“I’m a Believer” - The Monkees / Neil Diamond.
Imagine Neil singing it. It’s easy. Then consider that other Monkees songs were written by artists such as Carole King and Harry Nilsson. The rumors were true…

1969: “Come and Get it” – Badfinger / Paul McCartney
When Badfinger was called The Iveys, Paul presented this song to them as a potential single on Apple Records. It was released as a Badfinger single in 1969 and later in 1996 with the arrival of The Beatles Anthology 3, the song was credited to The Beatles.

1969: “Sugar, Sugar” The Archies / Don Kirshner
Originally planned to be another Monkees hit, Don Kirshner along with a group of studio musicians recorded this song under the name “The Archies”. It became one of the top pop hits of 1969.

1982: “Always on My Mind” – Wille Nelson / Brenda Lee
Also often confused as an Elvis original made famous in the same year (1972) that Brenda Lee wrote the song, the heartbreak you feel when you hear Willie howl this one is not of his own.

1992: “I will always love you” – Whitney Houston / Dolly Parton
This enormous hit for Whitney was originally written by Dolly in 1974 as a "good bye' to Porter Waggoner when she left his show.

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