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Morning Song – Lean On Me

February 10, 2017

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.)

Los Lobos had a big hit with Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba”. Billy Idol covered Tommy James and the Shondell’s “Mony Mony” while Tiffany did a remake of their “I Think We’re Alone Now”.

The Supremes were first to record the Holland-Dozier-Holland classic, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”. All sorts of people have covered it since, including Kim Wilde in 1987.

Is it a cover song when the same artist has a hit with a song 26 years after first recording it? Because that’s what Ben E. King did with “Stand By Me” in 1987.

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.

#FirstRuleOfCoverSongs

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