Friday, September 7, 2007

Double Trouble

In case you were wondering, these are the songs that have become Number One hits in the hands of two different artists:

"Go Away, Little Girl": Steve Lawrence, 1963, and Donny Osmond, 1971
"I'll Be There": Jackson 5, 1970, and Mariah Carey, 1992
"Lean on Me": Bill Withers, 1972, and Club Nouveau, 1987
"The Loco-Motion": Little Eva, 1962, and Grand Funk, 1974
"Venus": Shocking Blue, 1970, and Bananarama, 1986
"When a Man Loves a Woman": Percy Sledge, 1966, and Michael Bolton, 1991
"You Keep Me Hangin' On": the Supremes, 1966, and Kim Wilde, 1987

("Rockin' Robin," incidentally, went to Number Two for Bobby Day in 1958 and for Michael Jackson in 1972, but never went to Number One.)

Kind of a desultory list, isn't it? I mean, why in the world would "Go Away, Little Girl" make it to Number One even once, much less twice? A few of the originals are pretty good, but none of the remakes have been worth listening to since the day they dropped off the charts. I guess Bananarama's "Venus" is sort of fun.

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