The recent long thread on great or near great undervalued songs by top bands charged up my grey cells. I thought about contributing, but that fell in the category of dreams of posts not made. If I had contributed; I would have nominated "Stop Your Sobbing" by the Kinks. That was my first inkling of cover versions. I noticed the paucity of black artists in the list; that led me to Otis Redding among others. Cover versions of great quality are surprise, surprise not unusual. Starting with "Stop Your Sobbing" you have the Pretenders cover which was their first single. Even the Beatles and Stones did covers of 50's and 60's R&B material. Otis Redding returned the favor with his great cover of "Satisfaction." As good as that is; I prefer his cover of Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come." Arguably the greatest cover version of all time is Aretha Franklin"s cover of Redding's "Respect." Btw watch the Redding material live; it has a lot more energy. A final aside watch the cover impersonation of Redding's "Try a Little Tenderness" in "Pretty in Pink." Jon Cryer really gets it on.