Saturday, September 26, 2009

Many Rivers To Cross

An excellent indicator of the impact of a song lies in the number of artists that choose to cover it. Jimmy Cliff's 'Many Rivers To Cross', listed as #317 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time is one such tune. Having discovered this track while researching for the previous post, I set about to listen to many of the versions available on YouTube. The list of artists included here span each of the decades that have come and gone since the song was written in 1969. According to Wikipedia, the song was released or notably perfomed at least once within 25 of the 27 years since it was released on the legendary The Harder They Come soundtrack. The only artists to chart with the song are UB40 (1983/UK), Cher (1993/UK), and Annie Lennox (2008/US).

Bruce Sprinsteen (1993)

NOFX (2008)

U2 (2005)

Elvis Costello and the Attractions (1988)

The Animals (1977)

Little Milton (1971)

John Lennon and Harry Nillson (1974)

Joe Cocker (1996)

Lenny Kravitz (2002)

Annie Lennox (2008)

UB40 (2002)

Cher (1992)

Marcia Hines (1982)

Gov't Mule (2005)

Oleta Adams (1994)


WeightStaff said...

You should have titled this post: "Many YouTube Clips to Click"!! I respect the effort!


alex said...

damn that's a lot of research, well done! i have them all running at once and it proves how bored i am.

Anonymous said...

find the great one of Jimmy Cliff doing it. i think its circa 1969. The audio version for the Jimmy Cliff live album is just plain awesome.


Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Have you guys ever written a piece on Harry Nillson?

What an interesting side character in the story of rock n roll.

worthy of a weight post right? only im not familiar enough with the material to do it.

perhaps i could get some of that Weight Staff petty cash to purchase some albums, do some research?


WeightStaff said...

Tom Petty cash?

I think we(I) could work up a piece on Harry Nillson.

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