Inspired by this excellent FPP
about R&B artists covering country songs, I’m curious about the reverse. There were some suggestions in that thread but to clarify, I’m talking about an established country singer recording and releasing
a track that had been recorded and released first
by an R&B or soul singer ...and I'm not counting tribute, “duets” or other gimmicky albums. (Though if there's a reverse equivalent to Ray Charles' Modern Sounds
, that would certainly count.)
That thread had a lot of discussion of cross-influence and what do these labels really mean and the history of blues vs appalachian traditions -- interesting topics but, respectfully, I’d like to avoid them here. I’m looking for clear cut examples of covers, not just influence.
I can think of lots of examples of R&B artists covering straight-up country songs in the way I’m talking about, even beyond the ones mentioned in that post -- and some that were real hits too, like Solomon Burke’s “Just Out of Reach (of my Two Open Arms)” or Candi Staton’s “Stand By Your Man.” But in the other direction I’m drawing a blank. The only one I can think of is Gram Parson’s cover of “Dark End of the Street” and I wouldn’t call him a pure country singer. And Charlie Rich covered some blues songs but that’s also not quite the same thing.
So which songs am I missing? Or has it really been as much of a one-way street as it seems?