COVER vs ORIGINAL: ‘Hitchin’ A Ride’

The song, “Hitchin’ A Ride”, was originally performed by Vanity Fare in 1969

The addictive, desperation anthem “Hitchin’ A Ride” was written by British songwriters Mitch Murray (b.1940) and Peter Callander (1939-2014) in 1969 and recorded by pop quartet Vanity Fare for their second album, “Early In The Morning”. The song reached No.16 in the UK and No.5 in America, where it has sold over a million copies.

“Hitchin’ A Ride” has been recorded four times since then, most notably by Simon Cowell’s favourite lady, Sinitta, Britain’s answer to Whitney Houston, in 1990. She took her version, produced by Ralf Rene Maue, to No.24 in the UK, although unlike her previous releases, it was less of a hit elsewhere. Beep-beep, beep-beep, yea!

But whose version is the best? VANITY FARE’s original or SINITTA’s cover?

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