The Differences Between Song Versions

choose one of the following pairs of songs and discuss the differences in the two versions of the same song. Are there different instruments? Did the gender of the singer change? Did the form of the song remain the same? What is the target audience of each piece? What are some characteristics of the songs that indicate the target audience? Do a little research and discuss the success of each song. Which version has stood the test of time?:

1. “A Little Bird Told Me” by Paula Waston (from the Spotify list) and Evelyn Knight’s version on YouTube: A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME ~ Evelyn Knight & The Stardusters (1948) (Links to an external site.)

2. “Shake, Rattle and Roll” by Big Joe Turner and by Bill Haley and the Comets (Both are included with the textbook.)

3. “Hound Dog” by Big Mamma Thornton and by Elvis Presley

Both versions are on YouTube:

Big Mama Thornton – Hound Dog (1952) Blues (Links to an external site.)
elvis presley-hound dog (Links to an external site.)

4. “Sixty Minute Man” by Billy Ward and the Dominos and by Roberta Lee and Hardrock Gunter

Both versions are on YouTube:
Billy Ward and The Dominos – Sixty Minute Man (Links to an external site.)

HARDROCK GUNTER & ROBERTA LEE – SIXTY MINUTE MAN – TENNESSEE BLUES – DECCA 46363 (Links to an external site.)

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