Vote for your favourite cover version and tell us a bit about why you made your selection. (The choices are listed in release order.)
AFAIK, if Wikipedia is to be believed, the song was originally written by Ric Marlow and Bobby Scott in 1960 as an instrumental theme for the Broadway version of the British stage play A Taste Of Honey, from 1958. A British movie was made in 1961, and the song was first recorded as a vocal that year by Billy Dee Williams(yep, THAT Billy Dee Williams...)who was a cast member of the Broadway production. Lenny Welch recorded the song in England in 1962, and it was a monster hit. The Beatles soon followed, and Barbra Streisand recorded it in 1963. Herb's version is by far the most famous.For my nickel, Herb will forever own this one. (All the more, I don't know who did the original...but I'm guessing the song's lasting popularity is arguably a result of the TJB instrumental version.)
I get a chuckle out of that parody just for that reason--even if it's not a direct copy of an album, the design is such that right away it recalls Blue Note. They could have done the same with a Sam Antupit CTi cover as well. Or the Olga Albizu paintings for some of the Verve albums. Or the calm simplicity of ECM Records (which a couple of labels like ACT have emulated already). Fantasy Records, especially those with the illustrations on the cover (like Cal Tjader's). Even some of the Columbia jazz LPs in the 60s (Time Out, Mingus Ah Um, etc.) are fair game.You've opened a door with this...Reid Miles cover art. During his 1958-67 tenure with Blue Note he did a few LP covers with the "low horizontal" cut separating the photo from the graphics.