Musical Monday: Cover songs #9

I’ve started 2023 with a series of my favourite cover songs. It’s quite amazing how many artists cover one another’s songs. Sometimes they’re not artists you might expect, sometimes they are………

Joni Mitchell wrote A Case of You in or before 1970. As with many of the songs on her album Blue, it might have been inspired by her relationship with Graham Nash. It is also claimed that it is about Leonard Cohen. She first performed the song at the Amchitka Greenpeace benefit concert in October 1970.

It turns out that the Purple One had a big-time crush on Mitchell, showering her with fan mail, according to the beloved songstress.  A Case of You has since been covered by over 200 artists, though none as poignantly as Prince. First performed live in Minneapolis in 1983, it wasn’t until 2001 that the studio track was laid down. Prince tinkered with various iterations of this much-loved song right up to his untimely death in 2016.

Which version do you prefer? Let me know below.

14 Comments on “Musical Monday: Cover songs #9

  1. Covers are amazing . . . especially when the cover becomes more popular than the first recording. Sometimes I am amazed that a song I thought was the original turns out to be the cover. I don’t always like the original and sometimes I don’t like the cover. I need to be more careful though because I picked a class today based off of the song list knowing that I liked each song only to discover that they were covers and I only like one out of seven. 🙂

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