“Whipped Cream” by Allen Toussaint is best known in the version by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass from 1965. (Actually, it may be the album cover that is well known). That version was used in the TV show The Dating Game. The Alpert version is very similar to the original one by the Stokes from 1964.
I thought of “Downtown” because Anya Taylor-Joy performs it in the film Last Night in Soho which I just watched. If you’ve never heard it, try the unreal cover by Mrs. Miller. Yes, people listened to this stuff in the 1960s. I can’t explain it to you.
The hit version was recorded by Petula Clark in 1964.
“I Call Your Name” is a 1964 Beatles song that was covered by the Mamas and the Papas. The first version was actually by Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas in 1963. This is the ideal kind of Beatles song to cover, one where the original is not overwhelmingly famous.
“Subterranean Homesick Blues” (1965) is Bob Dylan’s first great electric song. I can;’t imagine why anyone would cover this unique recording and Nilsson’s version is wretched. I’,m posting this now because of the Instragam post showing the cards Dylan held up during the video for the song.
The song has many great lines but my favorite is “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows” which inspired the name of the left-wing Weathermen.