Jon Peter Lewis hopes to have better luck with “My Girl” than John Stevens.
The red-headed crooner botched the Temptations classic on “American Idol” — at least that was the judges’ consensus — but that didn’t stop JPL from recording it for a tie-in compilation album. Lewis’ “My Girl” is one of 12 covers set to appear on American Idol Season 3: Greatest Soul Classics, due April 27.
Only two songs on the album have actually been performed on the show, and when they were, it was by different singers than the ones who recorded them for the compilation. The “My Girl” scenario makes sense given the poor response to Stevens’ performance of it, but instead of featuring George Huff’s acclaimed rendition of “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay,” the album has Matthew Rogers handling the Otis Redding tune.
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Huff, instead, does “Me and Mrs. Jones” (made famous by Billy Paul) while Stevens’ song has not been announced. Stevens originally recorded “My Cherie Amour” (Stevie Wonder) for the album, but the producers made some last-minute changes, which included Diana DeGarmo singing something other than “I’ll Take You There” (the Staple Singers), her first slated song.
“Clive Davis and some other producers chose those songs for us,” explained ousted finalist Amy Adams, who covers “You Make Me Feel Brand New” (the Stylistics). “They decided what we were going to sing as individuals and then what we were going to sing as a group [for the elimination show during soul week].”
Other renditions on American Idol Season 3: Greatest Soul Classics include Fantasia Barrino’s “Chain of Fools” (made popular by Aretha Franklin), Camile Velasco’s “Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)” (also Aretha Franklin), La Toya London’s “If You Don’t Know Me by Now” (Harold Melvin), Jasmine Trias’ “Midnight Train to Georgia” (Gladys Knight), Jennifer Hudson’s “Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)” (also Gladys Knight) and Leah LaBelle’s “Betcha by Golly, Wow” (the Stylistics).
Last year’s “American Idol” compilation, American Idol Season 2: All-Time Classic American Love Songs, featured several songs performed on the show, including Ruben Studdard’s “Superstar,” which he later recorded for his debut album.