Beatles Cover Versions
Or: endlessly collecting
During the years of collecting, Beatles Cover Versions have become a more and more important part of my Beatles mania. Collecting Beatles cover versions poses a slight problem. The amount of cover versions seems to be endless. Of "Yesterday" alone surely more than a 1000 versions are to be found. With these great amounts the cover area is difficult to oversee.
Furthermore many of the cover versions are only to be found on regular artists' albums, which contain only one or two cover versions. Selecting is absolutely necessary. Therefore I try to restrain myself to collecting singles and / or albums with only Beatles' cover tracks, again with a special preference for the 60s and 70s.
The use of others fame and succes
Just as with the related tribute
versions, especially in the early years of the Beatles
there were many artists who tried to get their share out of the success of the Beatles.
The release of Beatles tributes or cover versions is a way of making use of the success of the Beatles. Making a parody or a combination of all these varieties can also be seen as such.
A frequent theme for parody is the use of the Mop Top Beatles' hairstyle. A very well-known variety on the mop top hairstyle and mop top wig theme is the "Beatlemania" LP by the Liverpools. The LP shows the clever use of 4 drawn heads with pony hairstyle, (only) 4 Beatles cover-tracks and the name "Beatlemania". All this was enough to promote and sell the LP.
In the own language
Another special kind of cover versions is the cover version that is sung by the artist in his or her own language (not English).
Also Holland has its own translated cover versions. A much translated song
is "Yellow Submarine". Translated as "Jelle zal wel zien" and performed by Dutch entertainer
Wim Kan, it became rather famous. The Dutch singer Karin Kent
made her own version of the same translation.
The Wim Kan cover version became well known but most of the translated cover versions were made in very small quantities and remained unknown. Therefore it's quite difficult to find these cover versions and to get some idea of what has been released.