Morning Song – Lean On Me
There were a lot of cover songs in 1987. (Young people: save this post next time your parents start talking about how musicians today just aren’t as creative as they were in the old days.)
Australian new wavers Pseudo Echo squeaked into Billboard’s year-end Hot 100 chart with their version of Lipps Inc.’s“Funkytown”. And in an absolutely stunning triumph of marketing over musical talent, Bruce Willis(?!?!) charted with the Staple Singers’ classic “Respect Yourself”.
But my favorite cover song from 1987 is Club Nouveau’s new jack swing version of”Lean On Me”. It brings out a joyfulness that’s submerged in Bill Withers’ original.