Ray Padgett Sterling
Ray Padgett started Cover
Me back in 2006 as a New Hampshire radio show, devoted to the analysis of various cover songs through the ages. The following year, he developed it into a blog, and now he has extended the concept into a book. Split into 19 chapters, Padgett delves into the various histories behind cover songs of every class, from The Beatles’ version of ‘Twist And
Shout’, to Devo’s gonzo retooling of the Stones’ ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’, and on to Weird Al Yankovic’s wildly inventive accordion medley, ‘Polkas On
45’. Detailing the motives behind the selection of certain songs, while also noting darker issues – such as the racial problems that stemmed from Elvis’s cover of Big Mama Thornton’s ‘Hound Dog’ – the book offers a fascinating insight into an oft-overlooked strand of music history.