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Rock Artists cover Country songs Part 2

Rock Artists cover Country songs Part 2

There are so many great Rock covers of Country songs but certainly one of the most prominent is this one, the original by Roger Miller and the cover by Janis Joplin.
Me and Bobby McGee” by Roger Miller (1969) written by Fred Foster and Kris Kristofferson
Me and Bobby McGee” by Janis Joplin (1971). The last song recorded by Janis during the “Pearl” album session only a few days before her death and it went on to become her only #1 Billboard hit song. Covered over 145 times but even Kris Kristofferson himself can’t hear the song without thinking of Janis.

Oh Lonesome Me” written and performed by Don Gibson (1957). He has written and recorded numerous hit songs and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. This song has been covered 163 times but very rarely out of the country music style.
Oh Lonesome Me” by The Beau Brummels (1965) were formed in San Francesco, they had a hit song with “Laugh, Laugh” in 1964. This was a crucial song that was the springboard for the music scene that was to challenge the groups from the British Invasion.
Oh Lonesome Me” by Neil Young in 1970. A very different take on this song.
The Long Black Veil” by Lefty Frizzell, written by Danny Dill and Marijohn Wilkin. Another great Country story song, Marijohn, also a Country singer wrote an 'answer' version of this song from the females perspective. Covered over 100 times, including by country greats like Johnny Cash and Bobby Bare.
The Long Black Veil” by The Band (1970) Music from the Big Pink Album.

“Ring of Fire” I have already blogged about this song covered by Johnny Cash and originally recorded by Anita Carter, written by June Carter and Merle Kilgore. There are some ‘non’ country versions most of which are not that great and Frank Zappa’s version is just plain weird (shocker!). There is however a great rock cover out of the 188 versions of this song.
Ring of Fire” by Social Distortion (1990)

“Singing the Blues” by Marty Robbins(1955), written by Melvin Endsley.
Singing the Blues” by Dave Edmunds(1980)
Singing the Blues” - Paul McCartney

I Saw the Light” written and performed by Hank Williams. Why so much Hank? I was reminded that it's a bit like saying why so much Elvis or the Beatles. Williams is one of the most important and influential singer-songwriters of all time, in his short career (he died at age 29) he had 30 top ten hits and five more came after his death, three of which went to number one. I will dedicate a blog to him but for now another great cover of one of his hit songs.
I Saw the Light” by Dash Rip Rock, ready for some Punk Rock Gospel?

A good place to end there though I may revisit this topic again.
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Music Trivia. Mae Axton co-wrote (w/Tommy Durden) "Heartbreak Hotel" for Elvis Presley (1956). Her famous son Hoyt Axton wrote Three Dog Night's 1971 hit, "Joy To The World". Both songs went to #1 on Billboard. Far as I know no other no other family has accomplished this outside of perhaps composing siblings like the Gershwins. 

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Edited on Sept. 27, 2018


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