Song #61 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “You Can Leave Your Hat On”, originally by Randy Newman and covered by Joe Cocker. Here’s the original:
What a great songwriter Newman is. As the Popdose writer notes, Newman often writes from the perspective of a loser (his Big Hat, No Cattle is another good example of that). To say the least, it gives his rendition of this song a very different feel than Joe Cocker’s version does.
Yeah, that’s a different point of view. I would have sworn it was this version that was featured in the final scene of the movie “The Full Monty”, but according to Wikipedia that was a Tom Jones recording. I guess if anyone can out-Joe Cocker Joe Cocker, it would be Tom Jones. What’s your favorite version of this song?