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ONTD Original: Songs we (including myself) did not know were remakes

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Before researching for this ONTD Original, I thought I knew which songs that I would choose but as researching I underestimated the many songs that I thought were not remakes but were in fact remakes or covers. On my original list I had I Feel For You by Chaka Khan which was originally written and recorded by Prince & Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinéad O'Connor which also was originally written and recorded by Prince*. I think most music fan knew that information. But with a few on this list, I was kind of shocked that they were remakes. Starting with the first song on this list, it is very surprising.

*(though with the latter it was for his side band The Family and he started performing it after it became at hit)


Original songs under spoilers

MR. TELEPHONE MAN



[THE ORIGINAL]


Before the R&B boy band from Boston made it a hit song in 1984, the song was originally recorded by teen singer Junior Tucker in 1983. The songwriter Ray Parker Jr. produced both songs.





EVERYTIME WE TOUCH



[THE ORIGINAL]


Scottish singer Maggie Reilly wrote Everytime We Touch along with Stuart Mackillop and Peter Risavy where the 1992 song reached #1 in Norway and where it stayed for 8 consecutive weeks. Many other artists have covered song but the most popular has been by German trio Cascada in 2005. Cascada version has been certified platinum and to the date has sold over 2.5 million downloads.





WHO CAN I RUN TO?



[THE ORIGINAL]


Written by Charles B. Simmons, Frank Alstin, Jr and Richard Roebuck, Who Can I Run To? was released in 1979 by the R&B group The Jones Girls. It was then covered by R&B group Xscape in 1995, where it spent #1 on the U.S. R&B Singles chart and #8 on the Billboard Hot 100.





AS WE LAY


[THE ORIGINAL]


In old interview with Essence magazine, Shirley Murdock tells the magazine before she sung an “all-time cheating anthem” it was originally sung by a group called The Human Body, “which consisted of Billy Beck from the Ohio Players, Ray Davis of George Clinton’s P-funk and Larry Hatcher of P-Funk’s Horny Horns.” The song was written by written by Billy Beck and Larry Troutman. Though it was originally sung with Billy Beck singing lead, Murdock says their 1984 version “never really hit for them”. Before recording the song, Murdock had reservation singing the song since she felt since she was a born-again Christian did not feel comfortable singing the song. It was the last song to be added on her 1986 debut self-titled album. Regardless of her hesitation of singing the song, it is a R&B and cheating classic.




YOU PUT A MOVE ON MY HEART


[THE ORIGINAL]


Before Canadian songstress Tamia recorded the Quincy Jones produced the 1995 R&B classic You Put A Move On My Heart, it was first recorded by British artist Mica Paris. Mica Paris song was released (written and produced by Rod Temperton) on her third studio album Whisper a Prayer IN 1993.





ALL CRIED OUT


[THE ORIGINAL]


Reaching # 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on the US R&B singles chart in 1986, All Cried Out was recorded by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam featuring Full Force (who also wrote and produced the song). Later in 1997, R&B group Allure with 112 covered the song, with it reaching #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and selling over 800,000 singles.

FYI: Mariah Carey also sings background on the Allure version (she is also a co-producer on the song).





[HONORABLE MENTION]
IT’S SO HARD TO SAY GOODBYE (1975 & 1991)







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Which songs are you most surprised by on the list?
What songs (not on this list) you discovered and was surprised they were remakes?


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