Reggae icon Bob Marley -- who was born 72 years ago today -- is best known for hit songs like 'Is This Love' and 'Get Up, Stand Up'. But earlier in his career, he and The Wailers tried to make a splash by covering songs by established acts. And that led to one of the oddest instalments in his legendary discography.
On their debut album 'The Wailing Wailers' (1965), Marley and the band recorded a cover of 'What's New Pussycat?', a song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David as a hit for Tom Jones. And you can tell they had the Welsh pop star in mind for the track because it's very...Tom Jones-y.
So Marley's reggae twist didn't exactly take well. But it's almost unfair to criticize him for the effort considering that the source material isn't great either. It's not like they butchered The Beatles (like Jones later did).
And Marley's 'Pussycat' is way, way better than the sanity-shredding version by The Chipmunks. (We dare you to listen to it for more than 30 seconds.)
But the strangest part of this early recording is the album itself, featuring a picture of Marley without his signature dreads. Thankfully he would grow his hair and write more of his own song for the follow-up album 'Soul Rebels' (1970).