“Hey Joe” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1966)/”Hey Jude” by The Beatles (1968)

Believe it or not, I did not listen to very much classic rock radio growing up. My folks pretty much kept the dial on R&B radio (with occasional excursions into reggae and adult contemporary/easy listening) and, left to my own devices, I did the same with a heavy concentration of whatever was on the Top… Read More “Hey Joe” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1966)/”Hey Jude” by The Beatles (1968)

“Here Comes The Sun” (The Beatles, 1969)/”Here Comes The Sun” (Nina Simone, 1971)

It makes sense to start a new year (and a new decade!) with a song that symbolizes new beginnings. There’s a reassuring feel to “Here Comes The Sun”, almost as if George Harrison was trying to talk himself out of a dark mood. Turns out, George was indeed trying to improve his mood. He was… Read More “Here Comes The Sun” (The Beatles, 1969)/”Here Comes The Sun” (Nina Simone, 1971)

“Hello” by Adele (2015)/”Hello” by Joe (2015)

Adele’s 21 album surpassed expectations to become a monster hit, the type of big-selling album that most people thought wasn’t possible in the 2010s (and seriously, probably won’t happen again). I’m pretty sure that Adele’s record company (and maybe not Adele herself, since she seems so blase about her success and that’s actually kind of… Read More “Hello” by Adele (2015)/”Hello” by Joe (2015)

“Hazy Shade Of Winter” by The Bangles (1987)

“Hazy Shade Of Winter” was originally written and recorded by Simon & Garfunkel in 1968. I initially became familiar with the song via The Bangles’ cover, which appeared on 1987’s soundtrack to the Robert Downey Jr. Less Than Zero and peaked at #2 on the Billboard charts early the following year. Having heard both versions… Read More “Hazy Shade Of Winter” by The Bangles (1987)

“The Harder They Come” by The Joe Jackson Band (1980)

Jimmy Cliff originally wrote and sang “The Harder They Come” as the theme song for the movie of the same name, in which he starred. The Harder They Come, the song, album and film, are widely credited with familiarizing non-Jamaican music fans with reggae. I’ve been familiar with the song my whole life; partially because… Read More “The Harder They Come” by The Joe Jackson Band (1980)

“Got To Get You Into My Life” by The Beatles (1966)/Earth, Wind & Fire (1978)

“Got To Get You Into My Life” was The Beatles’ tribute to soul music. While the song’s Wikipedia page suggests Motown was an influence, the horn-heavy arrangement has more in common with the rougher soul sounds coming from further south. I’m not certain as to whether Wilson Pickett or Otis Redding ever covered this song,… Read More “Got To Get You Into My Life” by The Beatles (1966)/Earth, Wind & Fire (1978)