Eight Great Country Cover Songs – Original Artists
Piece of My Heart - Erma Franklin
Erma Franklin is the sister of Aretha Franklin, and the first artist to record 'Piece of My Heart.' The best-known version of the song, however, belongs to Big Brother and the Holding Company, with lead vocals by Janis Joplin.
Tiny Dancer - Elton John
Sir Elton John recorded 'Tiny Dancer,' a song written by his longtime writing partner, Bernie Taupin, for his fourth album, 'Madman Across the Water.' John performed the song with Tim McGraw at the American Music Awards. By the way, Elton John will be in St. Louis in November.
My Maria - B.W. Stephenson
B.W. Stephenson made 'My Maria' a hit in the U.S. in 1973. In case you're wondering, B.W. stood for "Buckwheat." The singer/songwriter came from Dallas, Texas, and passed away at the age of 38, following heart valve surgery.
When You Say Nothing At All - Keith Whitley
While the songwriters of 'When You Say Nothing at All' thought the song was just average, the late Keith Whitley immediately knew that it was a hit and insisted on recording it. The song was one of three that reached number one from the album 'Don't Close Your Eyes.'
Landslide - Fleetwood Mac
'Landslide' was written by Stevie Nicks and is one of the best-known of Fleetwood Mac's songs. It initially appeared on the 1975 album 'Fleetwood Mac,' and a live version of the song reached the Top 10 in the late 90s. Nicks performed 'Landslide' with the Dixie Chicks during VH1 Divas: Las Vegas in 2002.
I Could Not Ask For More - Edwin McCain
'I Could Not Ask for More' was part of the original soundtrack to the Kevin Costner/Robin Wright film 'Message in a Bottle.' It also appeared on Edwin McCain's third major-label album, 'Messenger.'
Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochran
'Summertime Blues' was a Top 10 hit in 1958. In 2007, Q Magazine included it in its list of 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks, and Rolling Stone also included it in the top 100 of its 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list.
The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia - Vicki Lawrence
Before she was Mama, she was on 'The Carol Burnett Show,' and she was also a singer! The multi-talented Vicki Lawrence was married to songwriter Bobby Russel when he wrote 'The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia,' and Vicki recorded it initially to be a demo. When the song was turned down by several artists, such as Cher, Vicki recorded it herself.