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Reimagining Mr. Newman


Randy Newman is one of the greatest living songwriters, and an acclaimed performer in his own right. But his voice is a humble talent, and his work has often fared better in the hands of other artists, sometimes drastically changing the meaning of his songs. Here are nine of my favorite covers of Newman's work, by some artists you've undoubtedly heard. Some of my favorites are from Dusty Springfield, Joe Cocker, and Etta James (whose version of "Leave Your Hat On" deserves a listen as well).

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