Jackie Lee Discography
Part 5 - Cover versions
VICKI SALLEE There goes the lucky one Dot? US 7", 1962. Pounding cover of a Jackie & The Raindrops song composed by Len Beadle and Bob Conrad. Quite different from the original with a bigger sound and spoken middle eight. The song was apparently picked up by Reprise producer Chuck Sagel for Vicki. Featured on the European bootleg Girls, Girls, Girls vol.12 (Marginal MA025 '95).
ANNEKE GROENLOH Niets ter wereld kan ons scheiden Philips 318784 NL 7", 1962. Dutch language cover of Jackie's one-off German single with The Angels.
GILLIAN HILLS Oublie, oublie-la
DiscAZ 972 France 7", March 1965. Also issued as a single on
DiscAZ AZ1187. The Beat Girl starlet who subsequently became
rather more of a household name, or at least she found a recording contract, in
France. This is a cover of Jackie's 'My heart is your heart' with
different lyrics and was Gillian's final recording to be issued in France.
So it's not really a cover, but an adaptation; similar relationship as
Delphine's 'La fermeture eclair' to We The People's 'In the past', if not quite
as outré. A nice oddity, nonetheless, and the majority of Ms Hills'
recordings are worthy of investigation. The Universal compilation 'Gillian
Hills : Vue intégrale', aka Volume 9 of the series Twistin' The Rock (549905-2),
contains this track and is a faultless collection of another overlooked
EILEEN REID & THE CADETS If I had my life to live over Pye Ireland 7", 1966. Revival of Jackie's 1960 track. Compiled on the Pulse/Castle Irish Showband Collection CD box set
CONNY VAN DEN BOS Mijn man Philips 333691 Netherlands 7", 1967. Dutch version of Jackie's Just like a man also featured on Conny's second eponymous album issued as Philips GS056. Conny recorded the song in English three years later for her sixth album (confusingly, her fourth self-titled). Conny was better known at this time in Benelux than Jackie was anywhere.
SIMONE Er sieht aus wie ein
Telefunken U55967 Germany 7", 1967. Frightfully
obscure German version of Just like a man with an almost identical
arrangement to Jackie's. Simone was a pseudonym of singer Gitta Walther.
LILL LINDFORS Du Är Den Ende Polydor LPHM 46 258 Sweden 7", 1967. A scarce LP by this Swedish singer features a version of Just like a man with lyrics translated by Patrice Hellberg.
MALCOLM HAYES I gotta be with you Filmways FW101 US 7", 1967. Outstanding original of the outstanding Emma Rede B-side.
JIM BEAN’S BRASS BAND Born to lose / Southern comfort Decca F12676 7", September 1967. A-side is instrumental version of 'Robbery' soundtrack song.
CLAUDINE LONGET White horses A&M 936 7", 1968, US issue. Also issued throughout Europe and even in New Zealand, although surprisingly this track has not yet turned up on CD. Listening to Mlle Longet's cumulo nimbus version of the song, no-one could have predicted that one day her infamy would rival that of Charles Manson and John Inman.
Just like a man Capitol T2785 LP, 1968, US issue. An
interesting version of Jackie's near-hit is included on the album Something
Wonderful. The album has been made available on CD by Now Sounds /
CITY OF WESTMINSTER STRING BAND White horses Pye NSPL18242 LP, 1968. Super cheesy version on the album A Touch Of Velvet, A Sting Of Brass. A John Schroeder production featuring funky Ray Davies.
PINKY & PERKY Hit Parade Music for Pleasure MFP1282 LP, 1968. Includes cover of 'White horses' which is not quite so appealing as that by Claudine Longet. Neither is it quite as appalling as it could have been. Maybe it's the negative memory of two rickety wooden pigs on monochrome telly, but hearing the helium-voiced duo backed in a big band swing style on Jackie's greatest hit is actually surprisingly moving. I guess it just demonstrates the pure genius of the original composition.
UNNAMED ARTIST Today's Chart Busters Marble Arch MAL835 LP, 1968. Includes cover of 'White horses'.
DONALD TORR My cherie amour / Never will I be CBS 4383 7", June 1969. B-side is a cover of the Jackie Lee-Barbara Moore composition originally recorded by Jackie as her B-side to 'Love is now'. Arranged by Barbara Moore and produced by Finito. Donald Torr was a Trinidad-born singer and dancer with The Young Generation, and was thus regularly seen on British TV during the late-60s and early-70s, appearing on variety shows hosted by the likes of Rolf Harris. Donald recorded a further single entitled 'Green green yesterday' (CBS 4769) which has no Jackie connections.
CONNY VANDENBOS Just like a man Philips 6410 005 Netherlands LP, 1970. The fourth self-titled album by Dutch star Conny features an English language version of the song she recorded three years earlier in Dutch.
GERALD White horses Philips 6006 036 7", 1970. Sqeaky Pink and Perky-esque cover by the Tony Blackburn's singing pixie.
UNNAMED ARTIST Junior Hits Music for Pleasure MFP1365 LP, 1970. Includes cover of 'White horses'.
UNNAMED ARTIST White horses Music for Pleasure 24 7", 1970. Same version as on the album MFP1365.
COUNT PRINCE MILLER Rupert the bear Penny Farthing PEN799 7", 1972. Produced by Junior Lincoln, and presumably recorded in England, a reggae interpretation of 'Rupert' shows both how popular the song had become, and also how early reggae knew no boundaries. Attractively eccentric version of Jackie's biggest hit.
UNNAMED ARTIST Rupert Music for Pleasure FP10048 7", 1973
UNNAMED ARTIST Rupert Boulevard 4153 LP, 1974
SOPHISTICATED BOOM BOOM White horses BBC Radio 1 John Peel Session, 1982
TRIXIE'S BIG RED MOTORBIKE White horses BBC Radio 1 John Peel Session, August 1983
NUTWOOD PALS Rupert Rose RRS1 7", 1983. A Ron Roker disco job.
TOY DOLLS Rupert Volume VOLT10 12", 1984. By a strange coincidence, I was in a band in Sunderland in '84/'85 who shared rehearsal space with the Toy Dolls.
REAL MACABRE White horses PUSH2 7", 1985
JAMIE WEDNESDAY White horses Pink PINKY06 12", 1985. Included on their debut release, the Vote For Love EP. The band subsequently evolved into Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine.
ANGLO BUBBLIES Rupert Tintrax 7", 1986
ALL ABOUT EVE White horses, 1986-88. The band included this song in their live set and also cut it as a demo. Not issued commercially.
TRASH CAN SINATRAS White horses Go Discs GOD46 7" & 12", 1990. B-side of 'Circling the circumference'
LONG HAIRED LOVERS Rupert Insane INS100 7", 1991. Never heard this, but assume it is the Beadle-Roker song.
KITCHENS OF DISTINCTION White horses One Little Indian 111TP7CD UK / A&M 314-588377-2 US CDS, 1994. A b-side to 'Now it's time to say goodbye'. Strangely the song is credited to 'Marion' Carr and Ben Nisbet. A blissed-out interpretation, not totally dissimilar to that of the Trash Can Sinatras.
LUSH Rupert 4AD, 1994. Not a commercial release.
MORWENNA BANKS White horses Garden GROW2 7", 1995. Comedienne and actress backed by The Adventures Of Parsley. Probably best known in the UK for the series Absolutely
VARIOUS ARTISTS Algebra Spaghetti Reverie / Siesta 70 Spain CD/LP, 1998. Includes a cover of 'Rupert' by SUNSHINE DAY.
IAIN BALLAMY Pepper St Interludes Feral ASFA102 CD, 2000. Features three evocative arrangements of 'White horses', with tenor sax, button accordian, cello, drums and the haunting voice of Norma Winstone. A highly recommended album. Jackie loves it. Check Iain's website
SOUNDTRACK Me Without You Sony (Europe/US) CD, 2001. Features cover of 'White horses' by LUCY STREET, a fluffy Swedish female trio. The movie itself uses Jacky's original of the song as the opening theme, but this is not included on the soundtrack collection. The Lucy Street version of 'White horses' closes the film.
Ghost Of Old Compton Street Waffles Music WM2 / CDVIB01 '01
Shadows-y instrumental album which
features a fairly routine run through of 'White horses'. There is also an
even more basic version of the album entitled
contains only the backing tracks of each piece. The Vibratos feature
Warren Bennett, son of the Shads' Brian.
GALITZA Laugh Like A Horse EP Wrath WRATHCD05 '02 CDS. A ROCK band from Leeds who have covered 'White horses' on their debut recording. They sound like Deacon Blue to me, although some might disagree.
THE WEDDING PRESENT
White horses BBC Radio 1 John Peel Session,
CERYS MATHEWS White horses V2 '07 CD. Former Catatonia chantoose applies her distressed vocal cords to Jackie's classic. From the album Songs for the Young at Heart.
DEAN & BRITTA White horses Zoe 2007 CD. Former Luna/Galaxie 500 members remake Jackie's classic in the style of Lee & Nancy. Featured on their album Back Numbers.
White horses Zoe 2014. Sparkly cover by British trio
featuring a Strawberry Switchblade.
Hear it here
MARI WILSON White horses WG 2016 CD. Faithful performance of the song featured on Mari's album Pop Deluxe.
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