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Cover [cover version, cover record]locked

  • Robert Witmer
  •  and Anthony Marks


A term used in the popular music industry usually for a recording of a particular song by performers other than those responsible for the original recorded version; it may also be applied to a re-recording of a song by the original performers (generally using pseudonyms) for a rival record company. In the 1950s and 60s a cover typically entailed the re-recording of a song, for the purposes of disseminating it among a broader or different section of the record-buying public from that of the original. At this time many international popular music hits were in fact cover versions by established white performers of songs originally recorded by black artists on small regional labels....

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