Joni Mitchell Hopes To Spread 'Fiddle'
Joni Mitchell Hopes To Spread 'Fiddle'

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PEN PALS, READERS RESPOND, PART 2

Hi Gary,

Regarding the letter from Hugh Peacock regarding hit songs written by superstars that were performed by other artists, I can think of many. Here are more:

"All the Young Dudes," Mott the Hoople (No. 37 Billboard Hot 100, 1972), written by David Bowie

"Ballad of the Green Berets," SSgt. Barry Sadler (No. 1, 1966), co-written by author Robin Moore, who wrote the bestsellers "The Green Berets" and "The French Connection"

"Crazy," Patsy Cline (No. 9, 1961), written by Willie Nelson

"Dandy," Herman's Hermits (No. 5, 1966), written by Ray Davies of the Kinks

"Harper Valley P.T.A.," Jeannie C. Riley (No. 1, 1968), written by Tom T. Hall

"Human Nature," Michael Jackson (No. 7, 1983), written by David Paich and Steve Porcaro of Toto

"I'm a Believer," The Monkees (No. 1, 1966), written by Neil Diamond

"In the Ghetto" (No. 3, 1969) and "Don't Cry Daddy" (No. 6, 1970), Elvis Presley, both written by Mac Davis

"Justify My Love," Madonna (No. 1, 1991), co-written by Lenny Kravitz

"Kentucky Rain," Elvis Presley (No. 16, 1970), written by Eddie Rabbitt

"Leaving on a Jet Plane," Peter, Paul & Mary (No. 1, 1969), written by John Denver

"Lotta Love," Nicolette Larson (No. 8, 1978), written by Neil Young

"Me and Bobby McGee," Janis Joplin (No. 1, 1971), written by Kris Kristofferson

"The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo)," Manfred Mann (No. 10, 1968), written by Bob Dylan

"Party All the Time," Eddie Murphy (No. 2, 1985), written by Rick James

"Private Dancer," Tina Turner (No. 7, 1985), written by Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits

"Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town," Kenny Rogers and the First Edition (No. 6, 1969), written by Mel Tillis

"Running Bear," Johnny Preston (No. 1, 1960), written by J. P. Richardson, aka the Big Bopper

"She's a Lady," Tom Jones (No. 2, 1971), written by Paul Anka

"Woodstock," Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (No. 11, 1970), written by Joni Mitchell (who never attended the rock festival)

Special mention: Three Dog Night. This band had a knack for discovering new talent, as many of its hits were written by up-and-coming stars, including:

"One" (No. 5, 1969), written by Harry Nilsson

"Mama Told Me (Not to Come)" (No. 1, 1970), written by Randy Newman

"Out in the Country" (No. 15, 1970), "An Old Fashioned Love Song" (No. 4, 1971), and "The Family of Man" (No. 12, 1972), all written by Paul Williams

"Joy to the World" (No. 1, 1971) and "Never Been to Spain" (No. 5, 1972), both written by Hoyt Axton

"Black & White" (No. 1, 1972), co-written by David Arkin, father of actor Alan Arkin

"Pieces of April" (No. 19, 1973), written by Dave Loggins, cousin of Kenny Loggins

"The Show Must Go On" (No. 4, 1974), written by Leo Sayer

"Sure as I'm Sittin' Here" (No. 16, 1974), written by John Hiatt

Thanks for discussing this fun topic,

Blair Buchta
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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