Cover Songs, Opinions on Jehnny Beth and RIP Jimmy Cobb

Cover Songs, Opinions on Jehnny Beth and RIP Jimmy Cobb

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discuss the roots of the term “cover song” and dig into the surprising stories behind some of rock’s most notable examples, from Elvis’s rendition of “Hound Dog” to the Feelies doing the Rolling Stones. Plus, Jim and Greg share a few of their favorites. They also review the debut solo album by Jehnny Beth of Savages and pay tribute to jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb.

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Featured Songs

Dolly Parton, “Jolene,” Jolene, RCA Victor, 1974
The White Stripes, “Jolene (Live),” n/a, n/a, 2009
The Everly Brothers, “Wake Up Little Susie,” Wake Up Little Susie (single), Cadence, 1957
David Ross, “Wake Up Little Susie,” Wake Up Little Susie (single), Embassy, 1957
Madonna, “American Pie,” The Next Best Thing (music from the motion picture), Maverick, 2000
The Feelies, “Paint It Black,” Paint It Black , A&M, 1990
The Arrows, “I Love Rock N Roll,” I Love Rock N Roll (single), RAK, 1975
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, “I Love Rock N Roll,” I Love Rock N Roll, Boardwalk, 1981
Big Mama Thornton, “Hound Dog,” Hound Dog (single), Peacock, 1953
Elvis Presley, “Hound Dog,” Hound Dog (single), RCA, 1956
Freddie Bell and the Bellboys, “Hound Dog,” Hound Dog (single), Teen, 1955
Linda Ronstadt, “Alison,” Living In The USA, Asylum, 1978
Prince, “Nothing Compares 2 U,” The Hits/The B-Sides, Paisley Park , 1993
Sinead O’Connor, “Nothing Compares 2 U,” I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got, Chrysalis, 1990
Manfred Mann, “The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo),” The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo), Fontana, 1968
Bob Dylan, “Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn) ,” The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes, Columbia, 2014
The Fugees, “Killing Me Softly,” The Score, Columbia, 1996
Roberta Flack, “Killing Me Softly With His Song,” Killing Me Softly, Atlantic, 1973
Lori Lieberman, “Killing Me Softly With His Song,” Lori Lieberman, Capitol, 1971
Gloria Jones, “Tainted Love,” Tainted Love (Single), Champion, 1965
Soft Cell, “Tainted Love,” Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret, Some Bizzare, 1981
Phil Manzanera, “Big Day,” Diamond Head, Island, 1975
Yung Wu, “Big Day,” Shore Leave, Coyote, 1987
Al Green, “Take Me to the River,” Al Green Explores Your Mind, Hi, 1974
Talking Heads, “Take Me to the River,” More Songs About Buildings and Food, Sire, 1978
Nirvana, “The Man Who Sold the World (Live),” MTV Unplugged in New York, DGC, 1994
Miles Davis, “Freddie Freeloader,” Kind of Blue, Columbia, 1959
Pretenders, “The Phone Call,” Pretenders, Sire, 1980
Steve Earle & The Dukes, “Fastest Man Alive,” Ghosts of West Virginia, New West, 2020
Funkadelic, “Maggot Brain (LIVE),” Maggot Brain, Westbound, 1971
Bee Gees, “Nights on Broadway (LIVE),” Main Course, RSO, 1975
U2, “New Year’s Day,” War, Island, 1983