Cover Songs

Richard’s Favorite Cover Songs have been around for decades. 

Check out his cover song videos below.   

The Lion Sleeps Tonight 

Another  favorite movie song that you can sing to your grandkids.  

The Lion Sleeps Tonight is a song written and recorded by Linda Soloman under the title of Mbube for the South African Gallo Record Company in 1939. Original lyrics were in isiZulu, but Englist lyrics were later written by George David Weiss. The song was covered by many artists, in 1961 it became a big hit in the US for the Tokens.

Under The Boardwalk 

This is a live version, playing at the local Arts Gallery.  I have my digital band with me, playing the bass, drums, and piano parts in the background. 

Stand By Me 

Song History – Stand By Me was written by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. The title came from a spiritual called Stand By Me Father. It was recorded in 1961 by Ben E. King. There have been over 400 recordings of the song by various artists.   In 2012, it was estimated that the royalties earned by the song were in excess of $22,800,000, making it the 6th highest earning song of the era.

Horse With No Name 

Horse With No Name was written by Dewey Bunnell and recorded by the band America in 1971. It was the band’s most successful song. 

It is also one of the most popular two chord songs.  I am playing Dm and Am7.   Give it a try. 

Don’t Worry Be Happy 

I lead the Merritt Ukulele Circle.  Here is a session where we played at a local coffee house. 

Don’t Worry Be Happy was recorded by Bobby McFerrin in 1988.

Diamonds On The Soles of Her Shoes 

was written and recorded by Paul Simon on his Graceland album in 1986.   

Listen to my strumming where the accents are on the 1 and 2+ of the bar. 

Listen to my cover version here. 

I Shall Be Released 

written by Bob Dylan in 1967 and first recorded by The Band. 

This was recorded at a recent live event.   

One of my favorites from my high school days. 

Watch the video here. 

Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You

was written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio in 1967 and recorded by Frankie Valli, which became one of his biggest hits.

Richard is using backing tracks created with Mixcraft software from Acoustica. Richard is playing a Kala 8 string tenor ukulele.

His dangle ( music thingamajig ) is made by

Fire and Rain

was written and performed by James Taylor on his second album Sweet Baby James in August of 1970.

The song was written about the suicide of a childhood friend, and his experiences with drug addiction.

I was in high school when this song came out.   A great song ! 

See the video here. 

Brown Eyed Girl 

Brown Eyed Girl was released by Van Morrison in March of 1967, and became one of his signature songs.

I played this song in a few of my bands over the years, when I was drumming. Here is my version of the song.

Watch It Here. 

Only So Much Oil 

Tower Of Power has been one of my favorite bands since the late 70’s. Working out of San Francisco the band has been playing for over 40 years. Their signature funk sound with a great horn section, makes them one of a kind.

One of their originals is – Only So Much Oil ( in the ground ) was written and released in the 1970’s. It seems almost 50 years later, the dream of getting off oil is starting to come true with the rising popularity of electric cars.      Watch Here. 

You Can Call Me Al – Cover Song 

You Can Call Me Al was written and recorded by Paul Simon in the 1986 on the Graceland album.

See my version here

All My Life’s A Circle

by Harry Chapin in the 1970’s.  

Harry was one of the great story songwriters of my generation. 

He died in 1981.   

Watch it here.

Fly Me To The Moon

Bart Howard wrote this song in 1954, but titled it “ In Other Words”, and played it in 3/4 time. It was first recorded by Kaye Ballard. In 1960, Peggy Lee sang it on her album and on the Ed Sullivan show, where it became more popular, and started to become referred to as – Fly me To The Moon. In 1963 Peggy Lee convinced Bart to officially change the name of the song to Fly me To The Moon. Quincy Jones’ version of the song later changed the song to 4/4 time.

The Christmas Song 

“The Christmas Song” (commonly subtitled “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” or, as it was originally subtitled, “Merry Christmas to You”) is a classic Christmas song written in 1945 by Robert Wells and Mel Tormé. – from Wikipedia

On And On 

On and On – by Stephen Bishop, appeared on his Careless album in 1977, and was a major hit. The song was also featured in the following folms – Anger Management, How To Deal, The Hitcher, Margot at the Wedding, My Friend Dahmer, and Remarkable Power.

Don’t Worry – Be Happy  

Don’t Worry Be Happy was recorded by Bobby McFerrin in 1988.   

It was the first a cappella song to reach number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, which was a position it held for two weeks.

Cover Song Medley 

Tin Man,  Stand By Me,  City of New Orleans 

This cover song medley features live recordings on Stand By Me and City of New Orleans.  


MoonDance (the song and the album ) by Van Morrison, was released in Jan. 1970.   

The album was a great success and defined Morrison’s blues – rock style for the rest of his career.   My version to the right  – – – – > > 

What’s  Going On 

What’s Going On was released by Marvin Gaye in May, 1971. Quoted from Wikipedia – What’s Going On is a concept album with most of its songs segueing into the next and has been categorized as a song cycle; the album ends with a reprise of the album’s opening theme. The narrative established by the songs is told from the point of view of a Vietname veteran returning to his home country to witness hatred, suffering, and injustice. Gaye’s introspective lyrics explore themes of drug abuse, poverty, and the Vietnam War. He has also been credited with promoting awareness of ecological issues before the public outcry over them had become prominent. 

Let’s Stay Together

Let’s Stay Together was recorded by Al Green on his 1972 album of the same name. It is ranked the 60th greatest song out of 500, by Rolling Stone magazine.

In 2010, it was added to the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress, for songs that are – culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant.

Somewhere Over The Rainbow

This is my version of Israel “IZ” haiwiian ukulele man’s great version of this song.

Tin Man by the band America

Tin Man was released by the band America in 1974 on their Holiday album. The song was written by Dewey Bunnell. The Wizard of Oz  was one of Bunnell’s favorite movies and fashioned some of the lyrics after it. Tin Man was the band’s fourth Top 10 hit.

Stand By Me

Recorded live at a dance I played at in 2017. 

Song History – Stand By Me was written by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. The title came from a spiritual called Stand By Me Father. It was recorded in 1961 by Ben E. King. There have been over 400 recordings of the song by various artists, including John Lennon, Muhuammad Ali, and Tracy Chapman.

City of New Orleans

Live Performance Cover Song. 

The song was written by Steve Goodman on his 1971 album. It describes the train ride from train ride from Chicago to New Orleans in nostalgic terms. The song was also recorded by Arlo Guthrie and Willie Nelson a few years later.

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