The song recordings that can be heard via the "Listen" hyperlinks below are included on MikeMickXer's 2013 compact disk "This Covers It!" It is available for purchase via emailing a request to firstname.lastname@example.org; or at any of the band's live performances.
AIN'T NO SUNSHINE (Listen) Bill Withers' huge hit of 1971 from his album "Just As I Am." The song was released as a single in September 1971 and became a breakthrough hit for Withers, reaching #6 on the U.S. R&B chart and #3 on the U.S. Pop chart.
I'M YOURS (Listen) 2008 meg-hit written and performed by Jason Mraz. As of January 2013, it was the tenth best-selling digital song of all time in the U.S., selling over 9.5 million copies worldwide. MikeMickXer applies a unique reggae twist to this tune.
GUITARS, CADILLACS (Listen) 1986 hit written and recorded by country music artist Dwight Yoakam. It peaked at #4 in the U.S. and #2 in Canada.
AIN'T NO WOMAN LIKE THE ONE I GOT (Listen) Huge 1973 Motown hit by the Four Tops, written by Brian Potter and Dennis Lambert.
LITTLE SISTER Words & music by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman. Recorded by Elvis Presley and Dwight Yoakam, among many others.
THESE ARMS OF MINE Perhaps the earliest original song written and recorded by Otis Redding, released when he was singing with the group Johnny Jenkins and the Pinetoppers, probably in 1962.
BADFISH (Watch) 1992 reggae tune by the Sublimes.
ISRAELITES (Watch) Reggae tune by Desmond Decker and the Aces in 1968. The first reggae tune to reach #1 in Britain and the Top Ten in the United States.
USE ME Originally composed and recorded by Bill Withers, and was included on his 1972 album "Still Bill." It was his second-biggest hit in the United States, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
BEE-BOP-A-LULA 1956 rock & roll hit by Gene Vincent.
WICKED GAME Ethereal 1998 hit song by Chris Isaak.
SNAKE FARM (Watch) Eerie, hard-edged song by Texas song-writing legend Ray Wylie Hubbard. Inspired by a real snake farm near San Antonio, TX, that doubled as a brothel.
MYSTERY TRAIN Written by Junior Parker and Sam Phillips, and recorded in 1953. Elvis Presley's version of "Mystery Train" was released in 1955 and peaked at # 11 on the national Billboard Country Chart.
RING OF FIRE major 1963 country hit by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash.
GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER 1981 reggae tune by Black Uhura.
HOT, HOT, HOT dance floor hit written by Arrow in 1982. Covered and popularized by Buster Poindexter in 1987.
THANK YOU (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) Huge 1970 hit by Sly and the Family Stone, roundly recognized as one of the most influential and popular funk songs of all time.
LOTTA LOVIN' 1957 rock & roll hit by Gene Vincent.
CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Rockabilly-styled song written by Freddie Mercury and performed by him with the rock group Queen. Was #1 on the hit charts in the USA in 1980. Covered by Dwight Yoakam, Michael Buble, Diana Ross, and the The 88.
ANGEL OF THE MORNING Hit tune of 1968 by Merrilee Rush and The Turnabouts, who made it into a #7 hit on the pop music charts in the USA. MikeMickXer follows artist Shaggy's version of the tune (which hit #1 in the USA in 2001) by giving the song a reggae lift.
STIR IT UP (Watch) Reggae hit written in 1967 by Bob Marley but recorded and made popular in the USA and Britain by Johnny Nash in 1972.
HAVING A PARTY 1962 hit by R&B legend Sam Cooke.
LET'S GET IT ON Sensual soul ballad and Motown hit of the 1970s by Marvin Gaye.
WILD NIGHTS Early hit from Van Morrison's storied career. Covered by many, most notably John Mellencamp.
STEPPIN' OUT 1984 roots reggae song by Steel Pulse.
FEELS LIKE RAIN John Hiatt's original tune from 1993. Covered and popularized by blues icon Buddy Guy.
DOUBLENECK GUITAR/WHOLE LOTTA LOVE/SMOKE ON THE WATER medley of songs beginning with 2007 tune by the Americana group The Bad Detectives, followed by Led Zeppelin's 1970 hit, and wrapping up with Deep Purple's 1972 hit.
BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU GOT 1992 R&B hit by Willam DeVaughn.
ALL SHOOK UP Elvis Presley's #1 hit tune from 1957.
WHAT'S GOIN' ON Smash Motown hit by Marvin Gaye.
HOUSECALL 1991 hit by Shabba Ranks and Maxi Priest in the reggae/rap style.
WIPE OUT (Watch) 1963 instrumental hit by the Surfaris, featuring that inimitable Fender Jazzmaster guitar melody line and pounding drum riff through the classic 1-4-5 rock chord arrangement.
THE WAY U DO THE THINGS U DO Temptations' smash Motown hit of 1964, done in UB40's reggae style of 1989.
I'VE GOT DREAMS TO REMEMBER Powerful soul ballad written, performed and released by Otis Redding in 1968.
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