I was looking for lyrics to a Joni Mitchell tune. I discovered she has a very good website.
She lists bands and performances that covered “Big Yellow Taxi.” Silly thing to notice, but it’s a long list. A veerrrrrrrry long list. It looks like she’s been covered on that one song by bands with names starting with every letter in the alphabet.
Well, once I noticed that, I had to check. No band with a name starting with O, Q, or X has covered the song. The other 23 letters are all represented. Oh, but she lists bands whose names start with “the,” and there is a band named “The Quality Kids.” Does that count as Q? Nearly 230 different covers of the song all together.
Does that count as success?
Here’s Joni singing “Big Yellow Taxi” herself, in 1970 (39 years ago! as long ago as Jack Benny is old), at a festival at the Isle of Wight.
[Isle of Wight Festival video not available in U.S. at the moment; BBC tape substituted, below, March 2016]
P.S. — Mitchell also has a page that counts the covers. “Big Yellow Taxi” is #2 in most recorded, at 228 covers. #1 is “Both Sides Now,” with 615 covers.