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12 November 2012
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Von Bontee
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I'll never forget listening to the radio one night in 1980 and hearing an unfamiliar, more primitive-sounding version of Aerosmith's "Come Together", which I knew from its hit version of two years earlier. I called the radio station to find out who it was and was truly shocked to learn it was the Beatles, and the song was an original of theirs from years earlier. At the time I associated the Beatles with jangly guitars and harmonies and melodies.

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Mr. Kite
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(BUMP?)

Twist And Shout was the first thing that came into my mind, the Beatles made the song like their own.  Most people I come across with, think that Till There Was You was a Beatle song as well.

28 December 2012
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Torn by Nathalie Imbruglia. Yesterday I learned it was originally by some band I've already forgotten the name of.

28 August 2013
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I thought Regina Spektor's cover of Real Love was the original until late last year, when I first heard the original.

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28 August 2013
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This thread just gave me the idea: people speculate about what a Beatles album after Abbey Road would have been (piecing together various songs by the solo Paul, John, George, Ringo).

But maybe it would have been neat if they had decided at that juncture to put out an album entirely of covers -- ranging with a wide palette and not just sticking with the usual old time rock & roll and blues from their boyhoods.

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28 August 2013
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When I was young I thought the Siouxsie and the Banshees version of Dear Prudence was an original of theirs.  It was quite the surprised when it turned up on the White Album.  This was augmented by the fact the White Album was among their last for me to discover.

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30 August 2013
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Back when it came out I thought 'Act Naturally' was an original - I assumed it was a movie tie-in lyric with Help!

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10 May 2014
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I though Twist And Shout was an original for a long time.

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10 May 2014
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IveJustSeenAFaceo
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Same as Mr. Kite I saw this thread and immediately thought of Twist And Shout. They just made it so much their own. (though it's basically the first Beatles song I remember knowing, so I really wasn't familiar with the concept of "covers")

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10 May 2014
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ScrambledEggs
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I too thought that Twist And Shout was a Beatles original, as well as Chains. Those were one of the first Beatles songs I heard.

10 May 2014
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I can't think of any covers that I thought were originals, but I always thought that PS I Love You was a cover when it wasn't

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10 May 2014
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Johnny Cash's Hurt was originally a Nine Inch Nails song. A lot of people think it's his, although NIN said themselves it's his now since he mastered it so much.

I think that goes the same for Twist And Shout. It might not be an original, but it more or less IS the Beatles' now. It's the most popular version and they completely destroy it in a good way (just like John's vocal cords!)

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10 May 2014
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I thought that Till There Was You was an original until I saw the music man

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