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Six cute cover versions for a chilled wedding playlist

This week’s Wedding Jams are utterly adorable and sweet cover versions of classic songs. It’s a collection of songs that would be perfect for your early-doors chilled wedding playlist. Every one is familiar without being slap-in-the-face-obvious and, as ever, they are still brilliant records that stand up well to the originals.

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We’ve highlighted six of our favourites...

Gretchen Parlato – I Can’t Help It

However achingly lovely this version may be, it’s impossible to top Michael and Quincy in their prime. Still, Ms Parlato gives it her best…

Quincy Jones – Summer in the City

Speaking of Quincy, his masterful cover of The Lovin’ Spoonful takes things into hot, steamy, jazzy and very feminine territory.

Amy Winehouse – Girl From Ipanema

This version is less bossa nova and more super nova as the bright star of Amy Winehouse went back to her jazz roots and delivered a surprising cover of this Brazilian classic before her light sadly faded. An intriguing cover that keeps this wonderful yet maligned song relevant.

Paul Anka – Smells Like Teen Spirit

This is either an inspired cover version or it’s a nightmarish vision of what life will be like when the children of the 1980s hit pension age. In my view it’s the former – seeing a song so vehemently associated with youthful rebellion being enjoyed by the over-sixties is a reminder that we’ve all been there, however long ago it may have been.

BJ Smith – Umi Says

This psyched-out, folked-up version of Mos Def’s classic tearjerker ‘Umi Says’, that has been re-interpreted by a young Londoner in 2013, is an unexpected delight. A surprising cover it may be, but sometimes it’s not where you’re from, it’s where you’re at.

Innerzone Orchestra – People Make the World Go Round (J88 Remix)

The Stylistics are taken to new places by Detroit’s modern masters of soul Carl Craig and J Dilla. This never ages.