When bands demanding top dollars are not there or the money is not, these are the 10 best cover bands ever known to perform and some are still around today. You might just find that some of these are even better than the originals.
- The Rolling Stones were a cover band before releasing any of their original tunes. Hard to believe? We know! But before they began to release those fabulous tunes of their own, they were releasing tunes by Muddy Water recorded under Chess Records owned by Leonard Chess.
- Three Dog Night began their astonishing career as a cover group. From there, they rose to be super Grammy award winners. No other group was more popular from the late '60s through the mid '70s than Three Dog Night. Their popularity continues today. "Mama Told Me Not To Come" and "Joy To The World" are just two of their songs that seem to resonate even with today's teens and its rap-laden culture.
- The Escorts original recordings were songs that were from versions recorded by singers such as Smokey Robinson and the Miracles such as "Ooh Baby Baby."
- Joe Cocker began his singing career as the cover group The Cavaliers. He went on to perform in a cover group known as Vance Arnold and the Avengers derived from Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse" character. The cover group performed Chuck Berry and Ray Charles tunes.
- Sha Na Na open performances today in their gold lame leather jackets, tight roaring twenties jeans and pompadour hair styles. The group began their career singing cover songs from classic '50s rock and roll tunes such as "Good Night Sweet Heart."
- Richard Cheese and Lounge has been known to croon cover tunes similar to Frank Sinatra. He covers for rap, lounge music and Hollywood crooners.
- Gabba is the cover group inspired by ABBA. They could easily be confused as the original punk rock group ABBA and with the name, oh well you can see where they get their inspiration.
- Me First and Gimme Gimmes began as a cover group with minimal aspirations. However, with their tunes, went on to record an album and are described as the supergroup. They formed in 1995 acquiring their name from a children's book. They are known for the unique outfits worn during their performances.
- Jimmy and the Soul Blazers are continuing to cover today with groups such as Gladys Knight and the Pips, Sly and the Family Stone, Jr. Walker and the All Stars, Frankie Valli and many, many more.
- The Diamonds began their career recording cover tunes such 'Why Do Fools Fall In Love" because those songs during that era sold very well even though the original recordings were under black artists.
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