Eric Benet & Faith Evans – “Georgy Porgy” – (1999)

Cover songs have their place – sometimes they are a terrible idea and sometimes they make a good case for themselves. This is an really chill version of Toto’s 1978 hit (I hate myself for saying “chill” but I don’t know how else to put it). The very talented Eric Benet teamed with Faith Evans to cover this in 1999. It only made it to #55 in the U.S. – but it was a #2 hit in New Zealand.

#138 – Puff Daddy & The Family feat. Faith Evans & 112 – “I’ll Be Missing You” – (1997)

Puff Daddy (er, uh, Diddy) made a living in the 1990s by having hit singles that sample previous hit singles by other artists (I believe this is called the MC Hammer method… or Vanilla Ice… Kanye West… just pick about any hip-hop artist from the past 20 years). This time the victim was The Police and their song “Every Breath You Take.” But I’m not trying to knock this song down because it’s good song written in memory of the murder of the Notorious B.I.G. Puffy had another hit earlier that year with “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” – which is much less depressing and samples (heavily) from Grandmaster Flash’s “The Message” and some lyrics from Matthew Wilder’s “Break My Stride.” Too bad I can’t link to it on YouTube because it isn’t there. Sting must be keeping tabs on his copyrights.