I’ll admit that I went into this week thinking I knew without a doubt which choice I’d make if I were voting. That was until I watched both videos. Now I am a bit stumped. Need your help for sure. So…
Who Did it Best?
Crimson and Clover.
Tommy James and the Shondells (and this is live, people!)
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Prince also did a version, and you can judge for yourself, but I don’t think it should be in the running. Maybe if he covered it when he was still dirty Prince I’d feel differently. You can add it as a write-in vote if you disagree.
While you make up your mind, here’s some information on the song:
“Crimson and Clover“ is a song by American rock band Tommy James and the Shondells. Written by the duo of Tommy James and drummer Peter Lucia Jr., it was intended as a change in direction of the group’s sound and composition. The song features a tremolo effect on the guitar and an ending section with a tremolo effect on the vocals. “Crimson and Clover” was released in late 1968 as a rough mix after a radio station leaked it. It spent 16 weeks on the U.S. charts, reaching number-one in the United States and other countries. The single has sold at least 5 and a half million copies, making it Tommy James and the Shondells’ best-selling song. An extended version was released on the eponymously titled Crimson and Clover, and the song has been covered by many artists such as Joan Jett. Source.