Under Cover: Anna Calvi's "Jezebel"

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?


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Julie is a modern day Renaissance woman and die-hard bloody mary enthusiast. When she’s not sprinkling magic fairy dust onto ModCloth’s social media channels, you can find her eclectic point of view on food, fashion, music, and DIY documented here!

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    denny 03/02/2011 at 2:44 pm #

    Whenever I hear the name Jezebel, I always think of the book Caves of Steel, where the main character says that Jezebel was a faithful wife and a good one.

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    Jaime 03/02/2011 at 7:12 pm #

    AH! My mind is a music library, and I recognize modern covers more quickly than others, so I definately appreciated this read. Also, a couple more. Jeff Buckley, “Hallelujah” Originally written and sung by the amazing Leonard Cohen. “I will always love you” is an original from Dolly Parton, and made super duper famous by the lovely-voiced Whitney Houston. I think with time, and more and more availability to info via the internet, people are finding out this from their own curiosity. But, I remember growing up with country music playing in the background (dad) and when Whitney recorded that song, I had to tell my friends, it’s not really her song! Haha.

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    Amy 03/02/2011 at 10:07 pm #

    fair trade is so important to me, i only buy fair trade especially when it comes to clothing. THANK YOU for providing cute fair trade options!!!

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    Theodora Bendix 07/21/2011 at 5:57 am #

    thanks admin.

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