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Songs covered by Joe Jackson

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Notes:
Blue background: officially released studio recording exists
Green background: officially released live recording exists
Original artist is often unclear for early songs because several versions were recorded and released simultaneously
Year (original): before 1955 this is usually the year of compostion or first performance/recording; from 1955 onwards the release year is given

Song title Original artist Year (orginal) Written by JJ live performance JJ release Remarks
Big Yellow TaxiJoni Mitchell1970Joni Mitchell2015-2016 
Peter GunnHenry Mancini1970Henry Mancini2015 
See No EvilTelevision1977Tom Verlaine2015-20162015: Fast Forward 
Good Bye JonnyHans Albers1938Peter Kreuder and Hans Fritz Beckmann2015: Fast Forwardwith English lyrics by Joe Jackson
In A Sentimental MoodDuke Ellington1935Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn2012 
IsfahanDuke Ellington1967Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn2012: The Duke 
I'm Beginning To See The LightDuke Ellington1944Duke Ellington, Don George, Johnny Hodges and Harry James20122012: The Dukeas a medley with 'Take The 'A' Train' and 'Cotton Tail'
Cotton TailDuke Ellington1940Duke Ellington20122012: The Dukeas a medley with 'I'm Beginning To See The Light' and 'Take The 'A' Train'
Rockin' In RhythmDuke Ellington1931Duke Ellington20122012: The Duke 
I Ain't Got Nothin' But The BluesDuke Ellington1937Duke Ellington (music); Don George (words)2012: The Dukeas a medley with 'Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me'
Do Nothin' 'Til You Hear From MeDuke Ellington1940Duke Ellington (music); Bob Russell (words)2012: The Dukeas a medley with 'I Ain't Got Nothin' But The Blues'; instrumental version
I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)Duke Ellington1941Duke Ellington (music); Paul Francis Webster (words)2012: The Duke 
PerdidoDuke Ellington1941Juan Tizol (music); Ervin Drake and Hans Lengsfelder (words)20122012: The Dukewith lyrics in Portuguese, as a medley with 'Satin Doll'
The MoocheDuke Ellington1928Duke Ellington20122012: The Dukeas a medley with 'Black And Tan Fantasy'
Black And Tan FantasyDuke Ellington1927Duke Ellington and Bubber Miley20122012: The Dukeas a medley with 'The Mooche'
It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)Duke Ellington1931Duke Ellington (music); Irving Mills (words)2012-20162012: The Duke 
Can We Still Be FriendsTodd Rundgren1978Todd Rundgren2010 
Music To Watch Girls ByThe Bob Crewe Generation1967Sid Ramin and Anthony Velona2010 
Anyone Who Had A HeartDionne Warwick1963Burt Bacharach (music); Hal David (words)2010 
Yeh YehGeorgie Fame and the Blue Flames1963Rodgers Grant and Pat Patrick (music); Jon Hendricks (words)2008 
Frank & AvaSuzanne Vega2007Suzanne Vega2008 
Knowing Me, Knowing YouABBA1977Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson2008-2016 
Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)David Bowie1980David Bowie2008-20162011: Live Music 
CaravanDuke Ellington1936Juan Tizol (music); Irving Mills (words)2008-2009 (1)
2012 (2)
2012: The Duke (2)(1) instrumental, as a medley with 'Chinatown'
(2) with lyrics in Persian
I'm Looking Through YouThe Beatles1965Lennon–McCartney2007 
Dirty LoveFrank Zappa1973Frank Zappa2006-2008 
InbetweeniesIan Dury & The Blockheads1979Ian Dury and Chas Jankel2006-20102011: Live Music 
Rose DarlingSteely Dan1975Walter Becker and Donald Fagen2006 
Hello, Hello, Who's Your Lady Friend?Harry Fragson1913Harry Fragson (music); Worton David and Bert Lee (words)2005-20062005: The Greatest Game Ever Played 
While My Guitar Gently WeepsThe Beatles1968George Harrison2004-2005 
Don't Ask WhyRon Sexsmith2001Ron Sexsmith2003 
I Feel PossessedCrowded House1990Neil Finn2003-2010 
GirlThe Beatles1965Lennon–McCartney2003-20162011: Live Music 
The Mayor Of SimpletonXTC1989Andy Partridge2003 
Couldn't I Just Tell YouTodd Rundgren1972Todd Rundgren2003: Volume 4 (Japanese version)also on the UK single 'Chrome'
For No OneThe Beatles1966Lennon–McCartney2000-2010 
Reelin' In The YearsSteely Dan1972Walter Becker and Donald Fagen2000-2009 
That's HimCast of "One Touch of Venus"1943Kurt Weill (music); Ogden Nash (words)2000only performed once at 'Wall-to-Wall Kurt Weill'
Speak LowGuy Lombardo1943Kurt Weill (music); Ogden Nash (words)2000only performed once at 'Wall-to-Wall Kurt Weill'
Mon Ami, My FriendCast of "Johnny Johnson"1936Kurt Weill (music); Paul Green (words)2000only performed once at 'Wall-to-Wall Kurt Weill'
Satin DollDuke Ellington1953Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn (music); Johnny Mercer (words)1999-2009 (1)
2012 (2)
2012: The Duke (2)(1) live version (with lyrics)
(2) studio version (instrumental) as a medley with "Perdido"
Any Major Dude Will Tell YouSteely Dan1974Walter Becker and Donald Fagen1999-2010 
Don't Get Around Much AnymoreDuke Ellington1940Duke Ellington (music); Bob Russell (words)1999-2010 
Drive-In SaturdayDavid Bowie1973David Bowie1999-2009 
HeroesDavid Bowie1977David Bowie and Brian Eno1999-2001 
Junkie GirlWalter Becker1994Walter Becker1999 
Karma PoliceRadiohead1997Thom Yorke, Jonathan Greenwood, Philip Selway, Colin Greenwood and Ed O'Brien1999 
Life On MarsDavid Bowie1971David Bowie1999-2010 
Over The RainbowJudy Garland1939Harold Arlen1999instrumental version
Senses Working OvertimeXTC1982Andy Partridge1999 
You Can't Be Too StrongGraham Parker1979Graham Parker1999-2010 
Summer In The CityLovin' Spoonful1966John Sebastian, Mark Sebastian and Steve Boone19992000: Summer In The City 
For Your LoveYardbirds1965Graham Gouldman1999-20092000: Summer In The Cityas a medley with 'Fools In Love'
Mood IndigoDuke Ellington1930Duke Ellington and Barney Bigard (music); Irving Mills (words)19992000: Summer In The City (1)
2012: The Duke (2)
(1) live version
(2) studio version of different arrangement
The 'In' CrowdRamsey Lewis Trio1965Billy Page1999-20012000: Summer In The City 
King Of The WorldSteely Dan1973Donald Fagen and Walter Becker19992000: Summer In The City 
Eleanor RigbyThe Beatles1966Lennon–McCartney1997-20102000: Summer In The City 
Statue Of LibertyXTC1978Andy Partridge1995: A Testimonial Dinner 
Oh WellFleetwood Mac1969Peter Green1990-20101991: Laughter & Lust 
When You Walk In The RoomJackie DeShannon1963Jackie DeShannon1990 
You Can't Do ThatThe Beatles1964Lennon–McCartney1990 
Take The 'A' TrainDuke Ellington1939Billy Strayhorn1989 (1)2012: The Duke (2)(1) live version (instrumental)
(2) studio version (instrumental) as a medley with "I'm Beginning To See The Light" and "Cotton Tail"
Tiger RagMills Brothers (1931)1917N. LaRocca, E. Edwards, H. Ragas, T. Sbarbaro and L. Shields (music); words added by Harry DaCosta in 19311988: Tucker 
'Round MidnightThelonious Monk1944Thelonious Monk1984: That's The Way I Feel Now 
Soul MakossaManu Dibango1972Manu Dibango1984 
Body And SoulPaul Whiteman and his Orchestra1930Johnny Green, Robert Sour, Edward Heyman and Frank Eyton1984 
Uptight (Everything's Alright)Stevie Wonder1965Stevie Wonder, Sylvia Moy and Henry Cosby1982-19832012: Live At Rockpalastas part of the 'Motown Medley'
The Tears Of A ClownSmokey Robinson & The Miracles1967Stevie Wonder and Hank Cosby (music); Smokey Robinson (words)1982-19832012: Live At Rockpalastas part of the 'Motown Medley'
I'm Gonna Make You Love MeDee Dee Warwick1966Kenneth Gamble, Jerry Williams and Jerry Ross1982-19832012: Live At Rockpalastas part of the 'Motown Medley'
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)Marvin Gaye1964Holland–Dozier–Holland1982-19832012: Live At Rockpalastas part of the 'Motown Medley'
(Love Is Like A) Heat WaveMartha and the Vandellas1963Holland–Dozier–Holland1982-19832012: Live At Rockpalastas part of the 'Motown Medley'
AlfieCilla Black1966Burt Bacharach (music)1982instrumental version
A Night In TunisiaDizzy Gillespie1942Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Paparelli1981 
Minnie The MoocherCab Calloway1931Cab Calloway and Irving Mills1981 
Stompin' At The SavoyBenny Goodman1934Benny Goodman, Chick Webb and Edgar Sampson (music); Andy Razaf (words)1981 
Texas And PacificLouis Jordan1947Louis Jordan1981sometimes listed as 'TP Special'
Nobody Knows You When You're Down And OutBessie Smith1923Jimmy Cox1981 
Knock Me A KissLouis Jordan1942Mike Jackson19811981: Jumpin' Jive (single) 
Jumpin' With Symphony SidLester Young1947Lester Young (music); Clarence Beeks aka King Pleasure (words)1981-19891981: Jumpin' Jive 
Jack, You're Dead Louis Jordan1947Richard Miles and Walter Bishop1981-19861981: Jumpin' Jive 
Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby Louis Jordan1944Billy Austin and Louis Jordan1981-19841981: Jumpin' Jive 
We The Cats (Shall Hep Ya) Cab Calloway1940s?Cab Calloway and Jack Palmer19811981: Jumpin' Jive 
San Francisco Fan Cab Calloway1940s?M. More19811981: Jumpin' Jive 
Five Guys Named Moe Louis Jordan1941Jerry Bresler (music); Larry Wynn (words)19811981: Jumpin' Jive 
Jumpin' Jive Cab Calloway1939Cab Calloway, Frank Froeba and Jack Palmer1981-19891981: Jumpin' Jive 
You Run Your Mouth (And I'll Run My Business) Louis Jordan1930s?Lillian Armstrong19811981: Jumpin' Jive 
What's The Use Of Getting Sober (When You're Gonna Get Drunk Again) Louis Jordan1942Bubsy Meyers 1981-20081981: Jumpin' Jive 
You're My Meat Louis Jordan1940s?Skeets Tolbert19811981: Jumpin' Jive 
Tuxedo Junction Glenn Miller1939William Johnson, Erskin Hawkins and Julian Dash (music); Buddy Feyne (words)1981-19861981: Jumpin' Jive 
How Long Must I Wait For You Louis Jordan1930s?Paul Specht19811981: Jumpin' Jive 
DowntownPetula Clark1964Tony Hatch1979only performed in Portsmouth on 14 Dec 1979 as a 'Pompey version' ('Deynteyn'), i.e. in Portsmouth dialect
The Harder They ComeJimmy Cliff1972Jimmy Cliff1979-19801980: The Harder They Come (single)also on the compilation Master Series
Come OnChuck Berry1961Chuck Berry19791979: I'm The Man (single)also as a bonus track on I'm The Man (2001 reissue)
I Can't Give You AnythingRamones1977Ramones1979-1980 
Ain't That A ShameFats Domino1955Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew1979 
Life Is Just A Bowl Of CherriesRudy Vallée1931Ray Henderson (music); Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown (words)1979 
Pressure DropThe Maytals1970Frederick "Toots" Hibbert1979 
(You Gotta Have) HeartCast of "Damn Yankees"1955Richard Adler (music); Jerry Ross (words)1979 


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