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GUEST,John Hill What does 'cover' mean? (32) RE: What does 'cover' mean? 30 Dec 00

A cover has to be an exact copy of someone elses arrangement or its not a cover... Its certainly not just singing someone elses song... The Beatles version of Twist and Shout was definitely not a cover as it was a different arrangement.
In the 50's and 60's English pop singers used to "cover" US songs that had "charted" there and try and beat its release here.... very often with success. But even in the States you could find identical recordings of the same song by different singers in the charts at the same time all vying for highest position.
I don't think its a term I would use with Folk Songs.

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