Have you ever wondered about the history behind your new favorite song? Chances are, you may not have even known that your newest jam had a history! I’m talking about musicians covering songs, and revamping said tunes for a modern day debut. Take for example, *N Sync’s “Just Got Paid.” Eleven years after its release on their No Strings Attached album, and I am just finding out that it was a remake, first sung by ’80s pop singer, Johnny Kemp! Crazy, I know.
Enter musician, Anna Calvi, whom I first caught through a tune that goes by the name of “Jezebel,” and recently came across via NPR’s “first listen” of her debut self-titled album. While Calvi’s voice brings life into each and every last chord of “Jezebel,” I was intrigued to come across an earlier, just as passionate version sung by legendary French singer, Edith Piaf. Dig a little deeper, and guess what? “Jezebel” was originally recorded by Frankie Laine in 1951! Talk about standing the test of time. Apparently fashion isn’t the only thing that gets reinvented!
Along the 60-year lifespan of “Jezebel,” there were far more covers that were both hits and misses, but of all of them, I’d say these three plus Piaf’s top the list. Do you think Calvi’s cover of “Jezebel” could stand the test of time?