Cover Wars: Baby Don’t You Do It Edition

The Black Crowes essentially cover The Band’s version and notate it as Don’t Do It on their setlists. The song was first performed by Rich Robinson on his solo tour in 2004. The first performance by The Black Crowes came on March 15th of 2005, a show at the Higher Ground in South Burlington Vermont that also featured guitarist Trey Anastasio on an epic version of Yer Blues, which was also a first-time-played by The Crowes. Source: 12-5-2009


Video from July 2nd, 2005:

The Isley Brothers recorded Baby Don’t You Do It just two years after the original was released by Marvin Gaye. The album, titled This Old Heart Of Mine was produced by original songwriters Holland-Dozier-Holland, and they also have the songwriting credits for the majority of the album. Oh yeah, and The Funk Brothers play on both the original and this cover.


We had Faces just a couple weeks ago in The Wicked Messenger Cover Wars and today we get to include a related entry as the Small Faces recorded a cover on their 1967 album titled From The Beginning, an album that was released by Decca as a “spoiler album” during a label dispute.


Also in 1967, a 17-year-old Stevie Wonder recorded this cover for an album to wrap around his hit single I Was Made to Love Her.


The Who first released a live version as a B-side for their single Join Together. A studio rendition was released on a reissue for Who’s Next, but it wasn’t until 2000’s Deluxe Edition that this 8+ minute rendition was available to the general public.


Checking in last week’s Hallelujah edition, I always say that I’m happy when every rendition receives at least one vote. Well last week every cover received at least two votes and Jeff Buckley is the clear winner currently pulling down 48%.

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  1. I’m a big fan of The Who’s version… but I always thought they were covering The Band. Given the stamp The Band’s put on this tune, it’s no contest

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