Here's three covers that my brothers and I, along with countless others our age, first heard on the Who's 1970 LP, Live at Leeds. We had no idea what the originals were like, but the Who's versions were loud, and not just in volume. They were just fucking bombastic.
Not long after that LP, my brothers and I started hearing "Summertime Blues", the original by Eddie Cochran, on the oldies station. Okay, not all that big of a departure. Both were rock 'n' roll, the Who's just turned up a bit. When we finally heard Johnny Kidd's "Shakin' All Over" it was the same, rock 'n' roll with a volume deficit. It would be decades before I ever heard Mose Allison's original "Young Man Blues". The difference is extreme. The Who's is a whole different monster. They should have renamed it "Pissed Off Young Man Blues."
~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~Listen:
Eddie Cochran - Summertime Blues mp3 at Rocky 52
Johnny Kidd and the Pirates - Shakin' All Over mp3 at ATumblr (?)
Mose Allison - Young Man Blues mp3 at Blogoblat (?)
The Who - Shakin' All Over (streaming) at YouTube Live at Leeds 1970
The Who - Summertime Blues (live, Monterey 1967) at YouTube
The Who - Young Man Blues (live, Tanglewood 1970) at YouTube