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1980’s Classic Songs that were actually cover songs

May 10, 2013

Some of the biggest hits of the 1980’s were cover songs of obscure tunes. No kidding. Check these four songs out.

Kim Carnes was generally seen as a country singer. In 1980, she had a number one duet with Kenny Rogers. In 1981, she whipped her way out of this genre with the top song of the year, Bette Davis Eyes, which crossed over to hit #17 on the rock chart.

Little known to most, Bette Davis Eyes was actually a 1974 album track penned and performed by country singer Jackie DeShannon.

Speaking of top songs of the year, Dionne Warwick made a charity tune with her friends Stevie Wonder, Elton John, and Gladys Knight. That’s What Friends Are For rushed to number one and became the top song of 1986. Between the four co-stars, they had a total of 33 number one songs.

That’s What Friends Are For was written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager. It was originally recorded in 1982 by non-other-than superstar Rod Stewart. Did you know that?

Back to 1981.  Blondie had her third of four big number one songs with The Tide Is High.

The Tide Is High was a Caribbean classic originally done in 1967 by The Paradons. Member Bob Andy was later half of the duet Bob And Marcia whose 1970 classic soul song was To Be Young Gifted And Black.

One more for now.  George Harrison was, of course, a long-time star, first with The Beatles, then solo for some two decades after. He was also a member of ‘supergroup’ Traveling Wilburys.  In 1988, he had a number one hit with Got My Mind Set On You.

This song went way back.  It was written by Rudy Clark and performed in 1962 by James Ray with the Hutch Davie Orchestra as I’ve Got My Mind Set On You.