This Tuesday is a Tuesday like no other (and no, not just because of the supposed release of Donda 2) — the Ultimate Tuesday (or Twosday, if you will). In honor of 2/22/22, do a double take as SiriusXM celebrates the power of two by looking back at songs that have been recorded and released by two artists, from Motown classics to the birth of rap-rock to the Jonas Brothers’ breakout single.
“I Will Always Love You”
Dolly Parton / Whitney Houston
Originally written and recorded by Dolly Parton in 1973, “I Will Always Love You” had already reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart before Whitney Houston recorded her rendition 1992 for The Bodyguard film. Houston’s version became one of the best-selling singles of all time.
Busted / The Jonas Brothers
Although “Year 3000” is one of the Jonas Brothers’ earliest singles, the song is actually a cover. It was originally the second single from British pop-rock band Busted’s debut studio album, released in 2002. While Busted’s version was a huge success across Europe, it didn’t really reach the US, thus making the Jonas Brothers’ cover seem like an original song — especially with a few lyrical changes. In 2007, “Year 3000” became the Jonas Brothers’ first Top 40 hit.
“Walk This Way”
Run DMC / Aerosmith
“Walk This Way” was written by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry for Aerosmith, released as the second single off of Toys in the Attic and reaching No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1977. The band then collaborated with Run-D.M.C. on their version of the song in 1986, giving it a second life and also helping give birth to the rap-rock genre.
“You’ve Got a Friend”
Carole King / James Taylor
Included on her Tapestry album — one of the best-selling albums of all time — Carole King wrote “You’ve Got a Friend” in 1971. James Taylor also simultaneously recorded and released the song in the same year, putting it on his album Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon. While Taylor’s version won the GRAMMY Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, King’s version won the GRAMMY for Song of the Year.
“I Heard It Through the Grapevine”
Gladys Knight / Marvin Gaye
Written by Norman Whitfield, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” was recorded by The Miracles, Marvin Gaye, and Gladys Knight & the Pips in the late ’60s, but the first recording to be released commercially was Knight’s in 1967. The song quickly became Motown’s best-selling single to date. Gaye’s version was included on his 1968 album In the Groove. When it was released as an official single, it topped the Billboard Pop Singles chart for seven weeks and overtook Knight for the best-selling single.
“From Me To You”
Del Shannon / The Beatles
“From Me to You” was written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon for the Beatles, becoming the band’s first No. 1 hit on the UK’s Official Charts. The song’s popularity didn’t carry over to the US, however, until Del Shannon’s cover version in 1963. Del Shannon claims the purpose behind his cover was to help break the Beatles in the States.
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