Thursday, June 4, 2009

"Covers, Samples, Reworks and Answer Songs"

Grandma's Hands by Bill Withers

Bill Withers recorded "Grandma's Hands" in 1971 about his own grandmother who recently died. It appeared on his debut album, Just As I Am, peaked at 42 on the Billboard charts. Since then, the song has been covered by several artists, such as Al Jarreau, Barbara Streisand, Simply Red, Livingston Taylor, The Staple Singers, Gladys Knight, Will Downing, Jeff Lorber, Take 6, Marti Pellow and Ron Kenoly. In 1996, Blackstreet sampled the beginning of his song for their song "No Diggity," which has been the most famous sampling of the song, reaching number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Bill Withers - Grandma's Hands (Acoustic)

Electric version

Blackstreet ft. Queen Pen and Dr. Dre - No Diggity

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