one way you can judge the creative explosion of the music that was released in 1968 is by the number of other artists who cover, copied, or copped their songs. this week i feature songs that were released in 1968 that were quickly covered by someone else later in the year.
everyone has heard jimi hendrix's "all along the watchtower," but not as many people know dylan's original folksie version released earlier in the year. hugh masekala's "grazing in the grass" was a 1968 jazz instrumental until the friends of distinction added lyrics and sang their version later in the year.
after hearing louis armstrong's delightfully sweet "wonderful world," years later the ramones tapped into its subconscious angst with their version.
some other interesting 1968 transmigrations: joni mitchell, laura nyro, nilsson, and randy newman -- all covered admirably by three dog night. (remarkably, 3 dog night's version of joni mitchell's "night in the city" is sung in the same key that joni orginally sang it)
and some transgressions: i'll show how led zeppelin ripped off of one of their classics songs (jimmy page stole a lot of things in their career); a theft that was unremedied until they settled their plaguerism suit out of court just 2 years ago. (the zeppelin version i'll play is an obscure live performance from danish tv)
the covers are listed here.