Songs You May Not Know Were Covers Vol. 6: You Better Run (#6)
By Four Walls
July 9, 2019 11:01am CST
Five down, five to go after this post! I’m looking at ten songs that were hits but you may not know were covers. And yes, this is the sixth series (plus one set of songs that “everybody” knew was a cover and songs you may not know were covered because the cover never gets played anymore). That’s a lot of covers, and it’s just too hot for covers! Here’s the next one. #6: You Better Run I’m not much on Pat Benatar, but she was one of the few rocking women in the early 80s (along with Chrissy Hynde of the Pretenders and Debbie Harry of Blondie) to have major success. In fact, I was rather surprised to see she’s not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Sham, I mean, Fame. “You Better Run” was an early (second album) single from Benatar’s career; and, according to Picky Wedia, the second video ever played on MTV. And yep, it’s here, so you know she wasn’t the first to tell someone “you better run.” That distinction goes to the Young Rascals (or just the Rascals, but they were technically Young Rascals on the label when they recorded this), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band from Joisey who gave us such staples as “Groovin’” and “Good Lovin’.” In fact, “You Better Run” was the follow-up single to their #1 hit “Good Lovin’” in 1966. It “only” peaked at #20 The Young Rascals/Rascals are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (inducted in 1997). And they’re the ones who first gave us this song. You Better Run Written by Eddie Brigati and Felix Cavaliere Originally recorded by the Young Rascals, 1966 Famously covered by Pat Benatar, 1980 Whatcha tryin’ to do to my heart?
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