I find it interesting when a song gets reincarnated over the years and gets covered by so many different bands and artists. We’ve seen it with “Angel of the Morning” and “Torn,” and so many other songs.
Recently, I stumbled across the song “Stuck in the Middle with You,” originally by Steelers Wheel,” and I love this song – the lyrics are so snappy and clever.
From my very brief research (the semester just ended, I’m a bit exhausted), Juice Newton, Michael Bublé, and Grace Potter all took stabs at covering this classic song – I’m sure there are more but, I think it’s interesting how they each took the song and did it rather differently:
Grace Potter didn’t actually release a full studio version of the song – she sang the chorus for the theme of Grace and Frankie, but I think she needs to record a full studio version.
While I’m a purist and think the original is technically the best, I think Grace Potter had the best approach to the song. It appears that in most versions, the song seems to have a slower tempo, but I think the song should be done at a faster tempo with a rock edge – it makes it so epic.
I was watching an old episode of Friends where the cafe where Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) works hires a musician to perform, which upsets Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow). Anyway, the musician (who I think is the lead singer of The Pretenders) ends up playing this song:
Now, I know this song, for some reason, but I have no idea who sings it or what it’s called. So I googled some of the lyrics I could make out from the singer (circumstances didn’t allow me to use that cool little Siri trick). So I found out the song is called “Angel of the Morning” and was written by Chip Taylor. The problem, I have absolutely no idea who was the original performer. I mean, apparently it was a hit single for, but not limiting to, Merrilee Rush, Juice Newton, Nina Simone, P.P. Arnold, Olivia Newton-John, The Pretenders, Dusty Springfield, Mary Mason, Melba Montgomery, Billie Davis, and like a bagillion others.
I was going to embed more versions, but I think you get the idea: this is a popular song that everyone apparently needed to sing… I do have to say I think my favorite is Juice Newton’s version and I think it’s hers that I’m remembering. She just hits the powerful chorus the best, in my opinion.
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