Author Archives: Tim Londergan

About Tim Londergan

Tim Londergan is professor emeritus of theoretical physics at Indiana University-Bloomington. He studies the properties of the quarks and gluons that form the internal structure of protons and neutrons. He also writes a blog "Tim's Cover Story" that compares covers of important songs in rock music history. From 2002 to 2018, he and his wife shared their college-town experiences with two delightful cats, siblings Lewis and Clark, who enormously enriched their lives. Together with his colleague Steven Vigdor, Tim is co-author of a blog "Debunking Denial," that discusses the difference between skepticism and denial as manifested in various current issues. He is also co-founder of "Concerned Scientists of Indiana University," a group that supports evidence-based science, funding for science research, and policies based on the best available scientific information. His hobbies include tennis and ornithology, and he is a life-long fan of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.

I Can’t Stop Loving You: Don Gibson; Ray Charles; Van Morrison

Hello there! This week our blog features a terrific tune, I Can’t Stop Loving You. We will begin with the original, a country song by Don Gibson. Next, we will review an R&B cover by Ray Charles, and finally a … Continue reading

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A Change Is Gonna Come: Sam Cooke; Al Green; Beyonce

Hello there! On May 1, 2017 we published this post on the Sam Cooke anthem A Change Is Gonna Come. However, the murder of George Floyd, the vigilante killing of Ahmaud Arbery, and the senseless shooting of Rayshard Brooks have … Continue reading

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Good Golly Miss Molly: Little Richard; Jerry Lee Lewis; Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels

Hello there! This week our blog features one of the great ‘roots’ rock ‘n roll songs, Good Golly, Miss Molly. We will begin with the original by Little Richard. Next, we will review a cover by Jerry Lee Lewis, and … Continue reading

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Blowin’ In The Wind: Bob Dylan; Peter, Paul & Mary; Sam Cooke

Hello there! This week our blog features a folk song that became one of the great civil-rights anthems, Blowin’ In The Wind. We will begin with the original by Bob Dylan. Next, we will review a cover by Peter, Paul … Continue reading

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Happy Together: The Turtles; Captain and Tennille; Miley Cyrus

Hello there!  This week our blog features a great, catchy pop tune from 1967, Happy Together. We will begin with the original version by The Turtles. Next, we will review a cover by Captain and Tennille, and finally a cover … Continue reading

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You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me: The Miracles; The Beatles; Phil Collins

Hello there! This week our blog features a great R&B tune from the early 60s, You’ve Really Got a Hold On Me. We will begin with the original version by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles. Next, we will review a … Continue reading

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Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me): The Temptations; The Rolling Stones; Boyz II Men

Hello there! This week our blog features a great R&B tune from the early 70s, Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me). We will begin with the original version by The Temptations. Next, we will review a cover by The … Continue reading

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Little Wing: The Jimi Hendrix Experience; Stevie Ray Vaughan; Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood

Hello there! This week our blog features a great 60s R&B tune, Little Wing. We will begin with the original version by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Next, we will review an instrumental cover by Stevie Ray Vaughan, and finally a … Continue reading

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I Wanna Be Your Man: The Rolling Stones; The Beatles; Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band

Hello there! This week our blog features an enjoyable early British Invasion rocker, I Wanna Be Your Man. We will begin with the first recorded version by The Rolling Stones. Next, we will review the tune as recorded by The … Continue reading

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Mr. Blue Sky: Electric Light Orchestra; Tony Visconti; Postmodern Jukebox

Hello there! This week our blog features a fascinating pop song from the 70s, Mr. Blue Sky. We will first discuss the original version by ELO. Next, we will review a cover by Tony Visconti, and finally a cover by … Continue reading

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