the door to yesterday vol. 5 no. 1 in their own words. songwriters sing their own songs. 2020

 

Joni Mitchell. In their own  words songwriters performing their songs the door to yesterday. 2020

 While most of the recordings below pre-dated the famous hit versions, 

from eleased later. For instance, “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” comes

 from Jimmy Webb’s reflective and critically-acclaimed 1996 album

 “Ten Easy Pieces” and this collection opens with “Both Sides Now” 

as interpreted by Joni Mitchell on her 1969 LP “Clouds”, 

her second studio album.


BOTH SIDES NOW 

(Joni Mitchell)

by Joni Mitchell

Pro: Joni Mitchell 

(Reprise: 1969) 

https://youtu.be/Pbn6a0AFfnM

A #8 Pop hit in ’68 by Judy Collins.'


BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX 

(Jimmy Webb)

by Jimmy Webb

Pro: Fred Mollin 

(Guardian: 1996) 

https://youtu.be/V-faG5saZyM

A #26 Pop hit by Glen Campbell in ’67 which became 

a #2 Country hit in early ’68.


EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ 

(Fred Neil)

by Fred Neil

Pro: Nick Venet 

(Capitol: 1966)

https://youtu.be/nOpFBfugS3M 

Harry Nilsson’s version was memorably featured on the soundtrack

 of “Midnight Cowboy” and it became a #6 Pop hit in ’69.


MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME 

(Randy Newman)

by Randy Newman

Pro: Lenny Waronker 

(Reprise: 1970) 

https://youtu.be/wR0D6HJms8w

A #1 Pop hit in 1970 by Three Dog Night.


ME AND BOBBY McGEE 

(Kris Kristofferson/Fred Foster)

By Kris Kristofferson

Pro: Fred Foster 

(Monument: 1970) 

https://youtu.be/IOoMREvsV9E

A #1 Pop hit in ’71 by Janis Joplin.


NEVER BEEN TO SPAIN 

(Hoyt Axton)

by Hoyt Axton

Pro: Hoyt Axton 

(Capitol: 1971) 

https://youtu.be/vj905cRMgHo

A #5 Pop hit by Three Dog Night in ’72. 

They’d earlier topped Billboard’s Hot 100 

with another of Hoyt’s songs “Joy To The World”.


ONE (Harry Nilsson)

by Nilsson

Pro: Rick Jarrard 

(RCA Victor: 1968)

https://youtu.be/haT8g7oKnns

A Top 5 hit in ’69 by Three Dog Night.


REASON TO BELIEVE 

(Tim Hardin)

By Tim Hardin

Pro: Eric Jacobsen 

(Verve Forecast: 1966) 

https://youtu.be/-bW6VZi0ICs

Rod Stewart’s first cover version appeared on the charts briefly in ’71 

as the flipside of “Maggie May” but “Reason To Believe” became a 

Top 20 hit herein ’93 when Rod’s live performance with Ronnie Wood 

was lifted from MTV’s ‘Unplugged’ special


SUZANNE 

(Leonard Cohen)

By Leonard Cohen

Pro: John Simon 

(Columbia: 1967)

https://youtu.be/svitEEpI07E

Recorded by many artists including Noel Harrison 

whose version charted at #56 in late ’67.


THERE BUT FOR FORTUNE 

(Phil Ochs)

By Phil Ochs

Pro: Mark Abramson & Jac Holzman 

(Elektra: 1966) 

https://youtu.be/_0BeEHXjXIM

A #50 Pop hit by Joan Baez in 1965.


WEDDING BELL BLUES 

(Laura Nyro)

By Laura Nyro

Pro: Milt Okun 

(Verve Folkways: 1966)

https://youtu.be/XvKzCspqGgQ

A #1 Pop hit in ’69 by The 5th Dimension who also successfully covered 

other Laura Nyro songs including “Stoned Soul Picnic” and Sweet Blindness”.


WEEKEND IN NEW ENGLAND 

(Randy Edelman)

by Randy Edelman

Pro: Bill Schnee 

(20th Century: 1975) 

https://youtu.be/VYw7pN1xIeY

A #10 Pop hit in ’77 by Barry Manilow.


YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND 

(Carole King)

by Carole King

Pro: Lou Adler 

(Ode: 1971) 

https://youtu.be/eAR_Ff5A8Rk 

A #1 Pop hit in ’71 by James Taylor.


As in all my postings, the recordings listed and referenced 

above are in no way intended as definitive collections.

Please send any comments or suggestions to

thedoortoyesterday@gmail.com


Rock on.


Alan Warner


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