Here’s what I mean. Back in 1965, Simon & Garfunkel put out an acoustic album called Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. OK album for folk, went nowhere. Simon takes off to England and is failing there when he gets a call telling him his song, “The Sounds of Silence,” is on the charts heading for the top. Huh? Turns out that while he was gone, the producer decided to add a rock backing back to the acoustic version without telling him, because the duo had officially split up. The added beat made all the difference.
Here’s another. Suzanne Vega included an a capella version of “Tom’s Diner” on the 1987 Solitude Standing album. Not a hit. Three years later DNA takes the track, steals some beats from Soul II Soul, and turns it into a worldwide smash.
This must have happened other times. Adaptations abound, but I’m asking about taking the original tracks and jazzing them up to make a hit. Whodunit?