Little Willy John: “Fever”

Posted: February 1, 2016 in RDubbs' Approved Musical Selections, THE CLASH of Cover Tunes
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Tune du Jour: “Fever” – Little Willy John
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: The Bobs vs. Nina Hagen vs. Link Wray
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The Original


Little Willy John:


The Most Popular


Peggy Lee:


THE CLASH of Cover Tunes


The Bobs vs. Nina Hagen vs. Link Wray


The Bobs:

Nina Hagen:

Link Wray:


Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. It is your solemn responsibility to decide which cover song prevails. In other words … Which Side Are You On?!!? 


Disclaimer: Votes cast from Florida may or may not be counted.


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  1. Cuspid says:

    LWJ’s original version (from 1956, btw) is so hep I can’t believe anyone had the guts (or the chutzpa) to try an cover it. I like the Bobs. But the song already has a mostly acapella feel to it. So the the novelty of the Bobs is wasted a bit. Nina Hagen’s version just doesn’t work for me. I think it would have had it been a little shorter and she had sung it in German. I do like the bass lines in Link Wray’s version. So I’m going with Link. Actually, I think the Jam’s cover of this song from 1982 is better than any of the three here. But really, IMO, none of these covers even comes close to the cool of the original.

  2. Kerry Black says:

    This song became quite the standard. I used to work at a music club where I heard it covered by countless acts. Never heard it better than Little Willie John’s original. I voted for Link Wray.

  3. RDubbs says:

    All three covers have their allure. In the end I went with Nina. She’s the quintessential bad girl, which makes her perfect for the material.

  4. Richard Bob says:

    OK, I gotta say I prefer Link’s version……even though I sang the bass part on the Bobs cover. I worked on some recordings with Link in SF in the early seventies – always one of my favorite guitar wranglers….

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