Rhino’s Got You Covered: Tracy Chapman, Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee, and John Keating
Itâs Wednesday, so it must be time to take another dip into the Rhino catalog and trot out a new quartet of cover songs that you may or may not have heard before. Letâs get started, shall we?
â¢ Tracy Chapman, âStand By Meâ (2015): The singer-songwriter who brought you âFast Carâ and âTalkinâ âbout a Revolutionâ covered this Ben E. King standard during an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, and she did it so well that it ended up being situated as the closing track on her 2015 greatest-hits collection.
â¢ Bing Crosby, âCabaretâ (1976): Originally released on Crosbyâs late-career LP for United Artists, AT MY TIME OF LIFE, this titular Broadway musical tune is now part of a collection that culls together all of the croonerâs UA output. When it comes to Crosbyâs take on this number... Okay, well, heâs no Joel Grey, but you canât say he didnât make it nice and jaunty! Itâs also worth mentioning that heâd actually covered the song a decade earlier when he hosted an episode of The Hollywood Place, so by â76 he really knew his way around the âCabaret.â
â¢ Peggy Lee, âDonât Let Me Be Lonely Tonightâ (1974): By the time she recorded LETâS LOVE for Atlantic, Peggy Lee was unquestionably a legend â sheâd achieved that status with âFeverâ alone â but her profile certainly wasnât as high as it once had been. It got a significant boost, however, when Paul McCartney not only acknowledged what a big fan he was but, indeed, put his money where his mouth was and wrote, arranged, and produced the title track for that album. In addition to that notable number, Ms. Lee also recorded songs by Melissa Manchester (âHe Is the Oneâ), Alan OâDay (âEasy Evilâ), Thom Bell and Linda Creed (âYou Make Me Feel Brand Newâ), and this James Taylor tune.
â¢ John Keating, âI Feel the Earth Moveâ (1972): Although he started out as a musician, Keatingâs skill as a songwriter, producer, and arranger is what first brought him significant fame and led him to provide hits to such artists as Petula Clark, Sammy Davis, Jr., Adam faith, and Anthony Newley. Although he also scored a top-10 UK hit of his own in 1962 with âTheme from Z-Cars,â this track came during the portion of his career when Keating was making the most of his Moog, and if you dig this sort of groovy lounge material, youâll definitely want to dig into his back catalog, because itâs amazing.