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Popular Songs You Won't Believe Are Actually Covers

May 16th, 2014 12:00pm EDT
Popular Songs You Won't Believe Are Actually Covers
There are some cover songs out there that artists perform so well you forget someone did it first. We bet there’s a least a handful of songs on this list you thought weren't covers.

Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin (Jake Holmes)

This song actually has a pretty nasty past. Jimmy Page heard the song performed by Jake Holmes, who was opening for the Yardbirds while Page was a part of the band. The Yardbirds then bought a record of the song and copied it while adding new music for all of their instruments. While mostly reserved for live shows, it was included on a live album – and was the ...
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Happy 60th Birthday, Chrissie Hynde!

September 7th, 2011 9:31am EDT
Chrissie Hynde
She has been the "Talk Of The Town" for decades, and now we get to salute the great Pretender herself - Chrissie Hynde turns 60 today.

The Ohio-born rocker was a big part of the burgeoning London punk scene in the mid-to-late 1970s after leaving Akron for the excitement of England and her experiences there gave her the confidence to form her own band, The Pretenders, who have been chart-busting and paving the way for a collection of female-led rock acts - and some male ones too.

With hits like "Back on the Chain Gang," "Don't Get Me Wrong," "Stop Your Sobbing," "Kid and Brass in Pocket," ...
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UB40 Stars Face Bankruptcy

February 13th, 2011 12:16pm EST
UB40
Five original members of British reggae band UB40 are facing bankruptcy, according to a U.K. report.

Liquidators are chasing Robin Campbell, Brian Travers, Terence Wilson, Norman Hassan and James Brown as part of an investigation into their finances.

Proceedings are due to begin at Birmingham County Court in England on Monday, reports Britain's News of the World.

The group, which took its name from the Unemployment Benefit form 40 in the 1980s, has been under scrutiny from tax officials over its record label, Dep International, which was established in 1980.
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Happy 70th Birthday, Neil Diamond!

January 24th, 2011 8:57am EST
Neil Diamond
Sweet Caroline and Holly Holy, Neil Diamond is 70! The veteran singer/songwriter, who penned many of the pop anthems of the last century, celebrates a big birthday today.

The celebration comes as Diamond prepares to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in March and caps 50 years in showbusiness.

To mark the crooner's birthday, WENN trawled through his history to find 10 fascinating facts about the man who was The Jazz Singer!

Happy birthday Mr. Diamond...

- he attended Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, New York, where he sang in the All City Choir with Barbra Streisand. ...
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'Spirits in the Material World – A Reggae Tribute to the Police' On CD Feb. 19

February 10th, 2008 11:00am EST
Spirits In The Material World
Spirits In The Material World brings together a mix of legendary reggae and rock artists to create a stunning set of strong new reggae versions of Police songs, both signature hits and fan-favorite album tracks.

Featured songs include "Every Breath You Take," "Can't Stand Losing You," "The Bed's Too Big Without You," "De Doo Doo Doo De Dah Dah Dah," "Invisible Sun," "Synchronicity" and more!

Produced by Inner Circle (creators of the "Bad Boys" hit Cops theme).

The Artists:

Toots & The Maytals: A legendary name in Jamaican music, their first hits date back to 1963 at the he...
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Live Earth South Africa Revealed

June 13th, 2007 11:00pm EDT
Joss Stone
JOHANNESBURG (JUNE 11, 2007) – Live Earth today announced the artist line-up and ticketing information for Live Earth South Africa, which will be staged at The Cradle of Humankind, Maropeng, just outside of Johannesburg.

The 24-hour Live Earth concert series will begin in Sydney, Australia on July 7, 2007 and continue across all 7 continents with events in Tokyo, Japan; Shanghai, China; Johannesburg, South Africa; London, United Kingdom; Hamburg, Germany; Istanbul, Turkey; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, before concluding in New York, United States.

Live Earth South Africa will featu...
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You'll Keep That Lovin' Feeling With 18 New Pop Number 1's Compilations; Win Them All!

April 11th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Number 1
Great pop songs are ones you not only remember forever but remind you of the feelings you had when they shot up the charts. On three decade by decade--the '60s through the '80s--Hip-O/UMe Pop Number 1's albums in the new and ongoing UMe Number 1's series, those #1 songs and the feelings they recall are back. Love Songs Number 1's, also released April 3, 2007, brings together the ultimate love songs that topped the charts. All titles will be released in a ground-breaking environmentally-friendly packaging format. A first for the music industry, the standard package (both sleeve and tray) w...
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Celebrity Birthdays, February 15

February 15th, 2007 3:00am EST
Jane Seymour
Happy Birthday to Conor Oberst a.k.a. Bright Eyes (1980), Incubus singer Brandon Boyd (1976), MLB pitcher Ugueth Urbina (1974), "24" actress Sarah Wynter (1973), Czech hockey star Jaromir Jagr (1972), "Xena: Warrior Princess" actress Renee O'Connor (1971), synth-pop artist Jane Child (1967), late SNL alum Chris Farley (1964), Culture Club bassist Mickey Craig (1960), UB40 guitarist Ali Campbell (1959), American actor Christopher McDonald (1955), "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening (1954), singer Melissa Manchester (1951), "Dr. Quinn" actress Jane Seymour (1951), comedian Harvey Korman (1927), ...
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Various Artists Featured On Neil Diamond Compilation "Forever Neil Diamond;" Out May 23

May 9th, 2006 4:07pm EDT
Neil Diamond
On May 23rd celebrate the songwriting talents of superstar musician and performer Neil Diamond with a brand new collection of songs on CD. Recorded by a tremendously varied group of artists over an equally expansive period of time, Forever Neil Diamond showcases the wide appeal of these 14 Diamond-penned classics. Beginning with pop band The Monkees' 1967 #2 Billboard pop chart hit "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You" to the legendary Elvis Presley's 1970 recording of "And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind" to alternative rockers Urge Overkill's cover of "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon," Diamond's...
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Celebrity Birthdays, February 15

February 15th, 2006 3:00am EST
Jane Seymour
Happy Birthday to Conor Oberst a.k.a. Bright Eyes (1980), Incubus singer Brandon Boyd (1976), MLB pitcher Ugueth Urbina (1974), "24" actress Sarah Wynter (1973), Czech hockey star Jaromir Jagr (1972), "Xena: Warrior Princess" actress Renee O'Connor (1971), synth-pop artist Jane Child (1967), late SNL alum Chris Farley (1964), Culture Club bassist Mickey Craig (1960), UB40 guitarist Ali Campbell (1959), American actor Christopher McDonald (1955), "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening (1954), singer Melissa Manchester (1951), "Dr. Quinn" actress Jane Seymour (1951), comedian Harvey Korman (1927), ...
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UB40 Ready New Album

November 18th, 2005 1:47am EST
UB40
On the 25th anniversary of their recording debut, the multiplatinum British eight-member reggae supergroup UB40 are returning to their musical roots with their new album, Who Are You Fighting For? (click for review), to be released Jan. 24 on Rhino Records. The 13-track album, which Mojo Magazine called a "return to form for the UK’s best selling reggae act," features tight arrangements and frontman Ali Campbell's heartfelt, distinct vocals at the fore of a collection of originals and five covers of classic 70's era soul and reggae. Much of the album features songs infused with political, s...
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