Covers by Classic Rockers
by Jim Allen | October 8, 2014
Rhapsody has officially declared it Classic Rock-tober! That means it's time to crank things up to 11, as we travel back in time to salute the finest in classic rock. Stay tuned each day of October for a new reason to rock out.
In our mind's eye, we tend to envision classic rockers in a Mount Rushmore-like scenario, with immutable visages that seem almost timeless. But even larger-than-life figures such as Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones didn't emerge fully formed -- like everyone else, they were deeply influenced by their own musical heroes. And there are plenty of recorded instances of classic rock legends paying tribute to their influences, whether it's Cream covering Chicago blues kingpin Willie Dixon's "Spoonful," The Grateful Dead kicking into country mode with Marty Robbins' "El Paso," or Neil Young unleashing his all-covers album, A Letter Home. Sometimes those covers have eclipsed the originals (Santana's hit version of Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac's "Black Magic Woman"), and sometimes they've brought obscure tunes to an expanded audience (David Bowie's interpretation of Ron Davies' "It Ain't Easy" on the former's game-changing Ziggy Stardust album). But they always reveal at least as much about classic rock's kings and queens as those iconic artists' own songs.