Famous Artists That Covered Someone Else’s Song

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Famous Artists That Covered Someone Else's Song

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Licensing A SongThere are many examples of artists that have used another artists song and made it their own. This is 100% legal as long as the proper steps are taken.

The new artist must get permission from the original artist and get the proper license to perform that song. This is called a public performance license.

The new artist must also receive a special license, called a mechanical license, from the copyright owner, which is usually held by the artist and publisher.

Famous Cover SongsOriginal Artist: Nine Inch Nails

Cover Artist: Johnny Cash

Song: Hurt

Johnny Cash played and recorded a cover of the Nine Inch Nails song Hurt in 2002.

Johnny Cash revised the song, changed some of the words, and played it acoustically in his own unique style.

He needed a mechanical license to record it.

I Love Rock & RollCover Artist: Joan Jett and The Blackhearts

Song: I Love Rock & RollIf you have ever listened to a classic rock radio station or grew up in the 80s, you have heard this epic rock anthem.

Truth is, it was not originally written by Joan Jett!

Joan Jett recorded the new version of this anthem in 1981.

Original Artist: Arrows (A 70s British Rock Band)

Hey Joe, I Took Your Song!

Everyone has heard the song Hey Joe by Jimi Hendrix. He recorded it in 1966 for his iconic album, The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

But has anyone heard the song Hey Joe by the original artist, The Leaves?

The earliest known recording was done in 1965 by The Leaves, but made famous and iconic by Jimi Hendrix.

Cover Artist: Jimi Hendrix

Song: Hey JoeOriginal Artist: The Leaves


The world famous song, RESPECT by Aretha Franklin, is actually not her original song.

Respect was actually written and recorded by Otis Redding in 1965.

Two years later in 1967, Aretha Franklin licensed the song and made it famous.

Cover Artist: Aretha Franklin

Song: RespectOriginal Artist: Otis Redding

And I, Will Always Love YouWhitney Houstons EPIC ballad from the movie soundtrack, The Bodyguard, was actually not her original song.

It was originally recorded as a country song by Dolly Parton in 1974.

Whitney Houstons version of the ballad was released in 1992.

Cover Artist: Whitney Houston

Song: I Will Always Love YouOriginal Artist: Dolly Parton

Girls Just Want To Have Fun

If you were a young girl growing up in the early 80s, you probably remember dancing to this American hit single.

However, this rock chick anthem was actually written by a man!

Robert Hazard is the original artist of this American girl anthem, as he recorded it in 1979.

Cover Artist: Cindy Lauper

Song: Girls Just Want To Have FunOriginal Artist: Robert Hazard

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Johnny Cash Image: Page 3 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Johnny-Cash_1972.jpghttp://www.flickr.com/photos/47686431@N04/4399081211

Joan Jett Image: Page 4http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jett_Rocks.jpg

Jimi Hendrix Image: Page 5http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jimi_hendryx_experience_1968.JPG

Aretha Franklin Image: Page 6http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Aretha_Franklin.png

Image AttributionWhitney Houston Image: Page 7http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Whitney_Houston_Welcome_Home_Heroes_1_cropped.jpg

Cindy Lauper Image: Page 8http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cyndi_Lauper2_cropped.jpghttp://www.flickr.com/photos/46983348@N00/2577828111https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/


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