Nirvana - where did you sleep last night
Billy Davis - Living in The Past or Nights in White Satin
Sandie Shaw - Your Time is Gonna Come
Rotary Connection - Tales of Brave Ulyssess
Ella Fitzgerald - Sunshine of Your Love
Johnny Cash - Hurt or One or Personal Jesus
Merry Clayton - Southern Man or Gimme Shelter
Bernard Purdie - Shaft
Isley Brothers - Love the One You're With
Richie Havens - most of the Beatles covers he did
Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - Light My Fire
Balanescu Quartet - Autobahn
Jeff Buckley - Lilac Wine
Sergio Mendes - For What Its Worth or Scarborough Fair
David Bowie - Sorrow
Rod Stewart - 1st Cut Is The Deepest
Faces - Maybe I'm Amazed
Nina Simone - Mosquito's Tweeter (there's a DJ remix of this which is fanfudgingtastic)
Jose Feliciano - High Heal Sneakers
Ramsay Lewis - The 'In' Crowd
CCS - Whole Lotta Love
I quite like covers. I used to throw in a few during sets when I did a bit of DJing. Not all of the above were used of course.
Reading this thread made me go back and search out loads of covers. The above are some of my favourites
"Blue Bayou" by Linda Ronstadt
"Hey Joe" by Willie DeVille
"These Days" by Gregg Allman
"Handyman" by James Taylor
"Every Little Bit Hurts" by Stevie Winwood (Spencer Davis era)
"It's All Over Now" by The Rolling Stones
"Bird On A Wire" by Jennifer Warnes
"Oh, Darling" by George Benson
"Fire And Rain" by Al Jarreau
"Love And Happiness" by the Amazing Rhythm Aces
"Nilsson Sings Newman" the entire album.....by Harry Nilsson
Also, someone mentioned Mose Allison. His starkly emotional cover of "You Are My Sunshine" has to be near the top of this pile. Also, Patsy Cline's version of "Crazy" is about as good as a cover can get.
I see Bubba mentioned Johnny Cash's cover of "Hurt". Johnny made that song his own! Probably second behind Hendrix's "All Along The Watchtower". I can't believe it took 6 pages for that song to be mentioned.
Then there is Otis Redding's amazing, sweat-drenched cover version of the Rolling Stones "Satisfaction". And of course, Aretha Franklin's extremely soulful cover of The Beatles "Let It Be" (which was released a few months before the Beatles version in 1970).
The Terry Callier cover by Rotary Connection is Song For Everyman on their 'Hey Love' LP.
Also anyone heard Anthony & The Johnsons version of Crazy In Love? I really like it. Very dfifferent to the original.
And Mark Kozelek does an excellent LP of AC/DC covers. Turns them into male contemplaintive musings on love, sex and heartbreak. Must be a massive dose of irony in their but sounds great if you're a DC fan.
P.S. Lulu - The Man Who Sold The World. Strangley excellent.