Your Mother Should Know
October 8, 2012 11:40 AM Subscribe
posted by still_wears_a_hat (78 comments total)
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Rock guys cover showtunes: You probably know (if you're old enough) The Beatles' version of Til There Was You from The Music Man
, Bobby Darin's somewhat-canonical Mack the Knife, originally from Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's The Threepenny Opera
, and The Marcel's cover of Rodgers and Hart's Blue Moon
. But you might be less familiar with ...
More Kurt Weill:
The Alabama Song by The Doors
, lyrics by Bertolt Brecht, from Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and September Song, interpreted here by James Brown
lyrics by Maxwell Anderson, from the 1938 musical Knickerbocker Holiday.
More Rogers and Hart:
Elvis Costello, with My Funny Valentine
(he also did a great version of Cole Porter's Let's Misbehave
. The Mamas & the Papas did a very characteristic version of Glad to be Unhappy
from On Your Toes. That other Elvis sang Rodgers and Hammerstein's You'll Never Walk Alone
, which sounds suspiciously like his version of The Impossible Dream
Also very characteristic of the singers are Zing Went the Strings of My Heart, done by The Coasters
, originally from the Broadway revue Thumbs Up! but probably much better known from the 1938 Judy Garland film Listen, Darling, and and Little Richard's inexplicible rendition of Sondheim and Bernstein's I Feel Pretty
from West Side Story. (To get that one out of your head, here's Brian Setzer's Prologue/Jet Song
And I can't leave out The Four Tops versions of On the Street Where You Live
(Lerner and Lowe, My Fair Lady) and Facinating Rhythm
(George and Ira Gershwin, Lady Be Good).
Mostly via Broadway to Main Street, from Peconic Public Broadcasting and Larry Maslon.