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covers that you thought were originals
10 November 2012
4.56am
billyshears
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There are two songs that come to mind. The first version of Lucy in the Sky I ever heard was by Elton John and was surprised to find out it was by the Beatles. The other was a country song called Everytime You Walk in the Room and found it had been done in the sixties by the Searchers.

12 November 2012
5.01pm
Von Bontee
A Hole In The Road
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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 it's 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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17 November 2012
11.24pm
Camarasaur8
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Jimi Hendrix's "All Along the Watchtower" and "Wild Thing".

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28 December 2012
3.14am
Gerell
Philippines, the country which no Beatle would dare to perform again.
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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.

"And in the End the Love you take is equal to the Love you make"
"When I was a robber *Piano Chord* in Boston Place"
"Let's hope this turns out pretty darn good huh"
"Pete may be the best, but Ringo is the star"
Paul:"Don't be nervous John"
John:"I 'm not"
28 December 2012
3.38am
Into the Sky with Diamonds
New York
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Searchers' "Love Potion #9"   "Putting on the Ritz" from the 80s (the Gary Cooper reference should have been a tip off)

Jimi Hendrix's "Star Spangled Banner" :)

"Into the Sky with Diamonds" (the Beatles and the Race to the Moon – a history)
28 December 2012
10.05am
Linde
The Netherlands
Apple rooftop
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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
3.43am
Egroeg Evoli
Across the universe
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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
5.03am
Funny Paper
America
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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
10.37pm
Linde
The Netherlands
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Nah.

Albums entirely consisting out of covers aren't a good idea most of the time.

28 August 2013
10.51pm
Tea and Sympathy
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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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28 August 2013
10.52pm
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Have always thought Quinn the Eskimo (Mighty Quinn) was an original Manfred Mann track, turns out to be Dylan who's recording is better.

 

As for a Beatles album of strictly covers, I cant see them ever doing that. I know that they all have done their own cover albums but I think as a band they would have been more excited and turned on working on new material (eg contributing ideas, the creative process).

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
29 August 2013
5.34pm
fabfouremily
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Yeah, I can picture them getting bored of doing those ''same old songs'' that they know off by heart because of playing them almost constantly for all that time when they were younger. They got excited if they knew they were making something new and in unchartered territory.

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

30 August 2013
1.19pm
trcanberra
Canberra, ACT
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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!

30 August 2013
3.27pm
fabfouremily
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^ Yeah, me too. I thought the Beatles were a mostly-original-songs band, so apart from ones I knew someone else had done before (which weren't many), I thought all the songs they did were theirs. It took me some time to learn who did them all originally.

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

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