Cover Battles: Marvin Gaye vs. James Taylor – “How Sweet It Is”
By: Alex Marcheschi
James Taylor may very well be the King of Covers. Don’t let him get a hold of your song, because he might just snatch it up and make it his own. I bet there are a lot of people out there who think “How Sweet It Is” is actually a JT original. But nope, it was originally recorded by the legendary Marvin Gaye in 1964.
So, whose version is better? Let’s get into it.
To put it very simply, I’m just not cultured enough to enjoy the original. My first taste of this song was James Taylor’s version and that’s the one I hold near and dear. I bet if our grandparents had to choose, they’d pick Marvin, but I simply can’t. It’s obviously a historically great song, but I can barely get through it. Sorry Marv.
Smooooth. Wait, maybe I actually just prefer this version because I’m white. Yeah, that’s probably it. Why do I picture Robert De Niro dancing with his daughter at her wedding to this song? I don’t know, but I do.
Winner: James Taylor. Open and shut case.