Day three of cover versions week… and I got a couple of Fab Four facsimiles for you!
‘Lady Madonna’, by Fats Domino – 1968 album track
(Originally a #1 in March 1968, by The Beatles)
Paul McCartney was quite open about the debt that ‘Lady Madonna’ owed to Fats Domino, and so it was perhaps no surprise that Fats himself repaid the compliment less than a year after the original was released. It is probably the most faithful of all the cover versions I’ll post this week… Other than some extra piano flourishes it could easily be Fats singing over the original instrumental track. Doesn’t mean it doesn’t rock, however, and it took the rock ‘n’ roll legend to #100 in the US, just when it looked as if he might never have another chart hit.
‘I Feel Fine’, by Alma Cogan – 1967 album track
(Originally a #1 in December 1964, by The Beatles)
Towards the end of her career, and just before her much too early death aged just thirty-four, Alma Cogan had a go at covering some of The Beatles’ biggest hits. She put her own twist on ‘Help’, and ‘Ticket to Ride’, but I’ve gone for her very swinging-sixties take on ‘I Feel Fine’. (Actually, her best Beatles’ cover is her gorgeous ‘Eight Days a Week’, but that original was never released as a single in the UK…) Cogan had a close relationship with the Fab Four – especially, the rumours suggest, John Lennon – and I covered this in more depth in my post on her a few months ago. Sadly, none of her Beatles covers seemed to grabbed the public’s attention, all of them failing to chart.
Another two tomorrow, this time a couple of takes on the same well-known chart-topper…
6 thoughts on “Cover Versions of #1s – Fats Domino & Alma Cogan”
I love Fat’s version…it was written for him to play no doubt. I love both versions of this one…although I like the backup singers more on the Beatles version. This song came from Bad Penny Blues…
That was terrible about Alma dying so early.
I did not know about the ‘Bad Penny Blues’ link, you can definitely hear it in the riff. Plus, seems Joe Meek produced it too, which is cool!
Paul didn’t have to do much digging to get that out of that song.
That’s a nice way of saying he shamelessly ripped it off… LOL
LOL….like Dylan said… Amateurs borrow…Professionals Steal
Squeaky Alma. She can make any song hers. She makes it sound like a Conga. Very cool.