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The Differences Between Song Versions

For this week's paper, choose one of the following pairs of songs:

1. “A Little Bird Told Me” by Paula Waston (from the Spotify list) and Evelyn Knight’s version on YouTube: A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME ~ Evelyn Knight & The Stardusters (1948) (Links to an external site.)

2. “Shake, Rattle and Roll” by Big Joe Turner and by Bill Haley and the Comets (Both are included with the textbook.)

3. “Hound Dog” by Big Mamma Thornton and by Elvis Presley

Both versions are on YouTube:

Big Mama Thornton - Hound Dog (1952) Blues (Links to an external site.)
elvis presley-hound dog (Links to an external site.)

4. “Sixty Minute Man” by Billy Ward and the Dominos and by Roberta Lee and Hardrock Gunter

Both versions are on YouTube:
Billy Ward and The Dominos - Sixty Minute Man (Links to an external site.)

HARDROCK GUNTER & ROBERTA LEE - SIXTY MINUTE MAN - TENNESSEE BLUES - DECCA 46363 (Links to an external site.)

For this week's paper, discuss the differences in the two versions of the same song. Are there different instruments? Did the gender of the singer change? Did the form of the song remain the same? What is the target audience of each piece? What are some characteristics of the songs that indicate the target audience? Do a little research and discuss the success of each song. Which version has stood the test of time?

Research your topic and write a 300-word paper.
Use 12-point font, double-spaced.
Use at least one source other than your book. 
Properly cite all external sources.


  

Response Parameters

*Must be written in APA style and be at least 300 words, excluding heading, titles, and references.

*The source material used in all assignments, including the class text, must be properly cited and referenced in accordance with APA style!! No Plagiarism!!   

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