Many songs get covered or re-interpreted, the covers often being more successful than the original.

Here are some cover versions of one song along with the original, let us know in the comments which is your favourite, or if you don’t like any of them.

“When the Levee Breaks” is a song written and recorded by Memphis Minnie (Lizzie Douglas) and Wilbur “Kansas Joe” McCoy in 1929.

It has been covered/re-interpreted by several acts including:

Led Zeppelin on their 1971 untitled album.

Great White on their 1988 live album “Great Zeppelin: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin”.

James Cotton, Billy Branch and Magic Slim on the 2002 compilation album “All Blues’s Up : Songs Of Led Zeppelin”.

John Paul Jones and many other artists from around the world teamed up in 2022 for the Playing For Change Project.


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