Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Cover Versions

I got to thinking about what the most covered songs are. I went to my collection and the most covered track is 'Orange Blossom Special" (OBS) by the following:
- Fiddlin' Arthur Smith
- Pixie Jenkins
- Muleskinner (Clarence White, Peter Rowan, Bill Keith, David Grisman, Richard Greene)
- Bullamakanka
- Chris Duffy
- Flatt and Scruggs
- The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
- Charlie Daniels
- Roadapple
- Johnny Cash ( the only one with lyrics)

I still think Fiddlin' Arthur Smith's is the best, it is played at a less frenetic pace and really captures the atmosphere of a steam train. Most of the others seem to be vehicles to demonstrate how fast they can play. Four Australian versions.

Any advance on OBS in the country genre.

What is the most covered song of all time? I've heard that Lennon/McCartney's 'Yesterday' was at one stage.

Great topic. The new Dolly Parton Live album has her doing OBS too.

I would think Long Black Veil would have to be up there. I went through a stage of collecting versions of it. Not that I'm a complete nerd or anything.

I have got LBV by
Johnny Cash, of course, various different versions.
Bobby Bare
Lefty Frizzell
Nick Cave
Rob Luckey
Grateful Dead
The Band
John Anderson
Gillian Welch/David Rawlings
Mike Ness
the Chieftans
Bob Dylan
Merle Haggard
Richard Thompson
Don Williams
Dave Matthews Band
Joan Baez
That's pretty impressive, not nerdy at all. Obsessive maybe, but hey.......I vaguely remember hearing the Pogues do LBV.
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