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Atomic Power: 1946 Western Swing by The Buchanan Brothers vs. punk rock hero Jello Biafra playing country for a change, with  Mojo Nixon & The Toadliquors (1994).

(Just in case) You're Wondering Now: The Specials (1979), vs. Amy the Winemouse (2008), vs. the Jamaican original by Andy and Joey (1966).

Telegram Sam: T. Rex (1972) vs. Bauhaus (1980), to keep it simple.

Fever started long ago, with Little Willie John (1956), and Joe Tex' Pneumonia reply on King records. Also a version by The King himself (1960), and James Brown (1969), who was launched by the King label. After this, Fever covers spread like a disease. Little Willie John died of pneumonia in Washington State Prison  in 1968.

Enjoy yourself! with Guy Lombardo (1949), Doris Day (1950), Tommy Dorsey (50s), Prince Buster (1963), or The Specials (1980). The gap is for a missing 50s R&B link.

Good Rockin' Tonight: jump blues by Roy Brown (c1947) and Wynonie Harris (1949), turned rockabilly by Elvis Presley (1954), and into rock & roll by the Treniers (1956), groaned into soul by James Brown (1967), closing with Charlie Feathers (1980).
The point is not that "it's all blues" (it's not), but that a good tune can cross the lines.

How to make Rum & Coca Cola: Lord Invader's calypso version (1943) of an even older recipe, blended down for Yankee consumption by The Andrews Sisters (again! 1945), spiced up a little by The Islanders under the flag of Belafonte (1960), and reclaimed (mis-credited) by Prince Buster (1965), and many, many more.
Even Prince Buster thought the song written in New York rather than the Caribean.

How to make multi-culti Shortnin' Bread: The original recipe is from 1900, by poet James Whitcomb Riley, but I prefer to cook by the amazing Paul Robeson (early 40s?) or Nelson Eddy (1937), jivin' to Fats Waller (c1945), swinging to The Andrews Sisters (and versions, 1938), or Johnny Mercer and The Ink Spots (late 40s?), billy boppin' to The Collins Kids on Tex Ritter's tv show (50s), rockin' to the classic Paul Chaplan & His Emeralds (1960), or Etta James (70s?), puking to the never released Beach Boys version (1977), gigglin' to  The Kelly Family (1981) and  rattlin' my pans to The Readymen (mid 60s), until I laugh so much I get The Cramps (live, 1990).

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