Song #54 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “Mustang Sally”, originally by Mack Rice and covered by Wilson Pickett. Here’s the original:
Yet another song I hadn’t realized was a cover and whose original was unknown to me. Unlike many of the others, this one isn’t bad. I grooved to it. Still, it’s not quote right, is it? This one is:
That’s more like it. As was the case with Try A Little Tenderness, The Commitments did an awesome version of this as well:
Sorry about the cutoff and naughty word at the end there, but that was a clip from the movie, so there you have it. Here’s the uninterrupted song. You do know that singer Andrew Strong was 16 at the time of filming/recording, right? Take that, Justin Bieber. Oh, and yes, that is Mr. O’Brien from “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Deep Space Nine” jamming in the background of that video.
If you’d like something a little different, here’s the great Buddy Guy with his rendition:
Consider this all a somewhat belated tribute to the late Dr. Sally Ride, trailblazer and inspiration to us all. I have no idea what she thought of this song – my guess is that people sang “Ride, Sally Ride” to her more often than she needed to hear it – but it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to hear it and not think of her. Rest in peace and forever may you ride, Sally Ride.