Ten Songs You May Not Know Were Covered: Twistin' the Night Away (#8)

@FourWalls (13726)
United States
October 20, 2016 7:53pm CST
Here's another entry in that wacky world of covers. Most of the time I've been dealing with big hits that were actually, unknown to many, covers. This time, though, it's songs that most people didn't realize had other hit cover versions. Here's the next song, with an artist we've already met. #8: Twistin' the Night Away Apparently the 70s were the decade to "cover Sam Cooke songs." The first song in this countdown was Cat Stevens' version of "Another Saturday Night." Steve Miller covered "You Send Me" on his classic Fly Like an Eagle album in 1976. Here we have another one of Cooke's great rock hits, which was a top ten hit in 1962. It had the word twist in the title, so it was almost guaranteed to be a hit (thanks to things like Chubby Checker's "The Twist" and Joey Dee and the Starliters in 1960 and 1961, respectively). Fast forward to 1972. We haven't had the American Graffiti or Happy Days "early rock" nostalgia craze hit yet, so you can't chalk the fact that Rod Stewart decided to cover this song on his Never a Dull Moment album up to the 50s/early 60s revival. And, as Cat Stevens' cover of "Another Saturday Night" came two years later, you can't even say it was "cool to cover Cooke" at that point. Heck, maybe Rod Stewart started that craze. At any rate, Stewart's version of "Twistin' the Night Away," filled with late 50s/early 60s jargon ("he's dancing with a chick in slacks") and words that had dramatically changed meaning since the original ("where the people are so gay" was not a homosexual reference, nor was the "dancing with an older queen" ), was released as a single but didn't fare all that well, peaking at #59. Maybe the outdated slang had something to do with it. Stewart re-recorded it for the 1987 film Innerspace, and that single did much worse, peaking only at #80. It's completely different than the upbeat Cooke original, thanks to those great guitar riffs from Ronnie Wood. Of course, you have to like Rod's voice to like this version. I do. Twistin' the Night Away Written by Sam Cooke Originally recorded by Sam Cooke, 1962 Covered by Rod Stewart, 1972 (and again in 1987) Here's the Never a Dull Moment version from Rod:
from his 1972 album "Never a Dull Moment". The song was written by Sam Cooke and was a big hit for him in 1962. The backing band on this one are his mates fr...
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@JohnRoberts (56870)
• Los Angeles, California
21 Oct 16
I have to stick with Cooke. Never a Stewart fan.
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@JolietJake (51144)
• United States
21 Oct 16
Most of his early stuff was pretty good, the first half dozen solo LP's and his work with Faces and The Jeff Beck Group...at least to me
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@Hanyouyomi (1943)
• Dallas, Texas
8 Nov 16
Huh this song got a cover, eh? And in the 70s of all decades... Fine...
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@FayeHazel (18007)
• United States
21 Oct 16
Wow! You don't say!
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@teamfreak16 (41171)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
21 Oct 16
I had no idea. Of course, I don't listen to Rod Stewart all that much.
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@JolietJake (51144)
• United States
21 Oct 16
'Dull Moment ' is my second-favorite Stewart album ('Picture' comes in first). Absolutely love Rod's version.
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