Classic Song Sunday: Vonda-rama

It’s Classic Song Sunday again, and this entry is dedicated to some of Vonda Shepard’s legendary covers.

Most of you probably don’t know who Vonda Shepard is, so I’m here to tell you. She is a genre-crossing singer who bears a slight resemblance to Carly Simon. Her big break came on Ally McBeal, where she was a recurring guest and sang the theme song.

“Tell Him”

Originally by the Exciters (more on them and their legendary awful music video here), Vonda’s cover appeared on a CD featuring the music of Ally McBeal. The soundtrack also featured some other kick-ass Vonda covers, including “It’s In His Kiss,” “I Only Want to Be With You” and “Hooked On A Feeling”, which comes in at a close second. But this version of “Tell Him” is just so much fun.

Linda Ronstadt also made a cover, and the music video features women having a pajama party who are too old to be doing that.

“To Sir With Love”

This hit originally came from England’s tour-de-force Lulu, but Vonda Shepard and Al Green remade it into an uptempo, almost rockabilly duet that, again, can only put a smile on your face.

So, there you have it, two great covers of two classic songs.

What the heck, I’ll throw in a bonus song, a song which should be a classic: “I Know Him By Heart.”


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