What Have They Done To My Song Ma? - Melanie (1970)
You know you've written a fine piece of work when Ray Charles AND Nina Simone cover it. Melanie will always be remembered for "Brand New Key", but this song beats it on all counts for being cute, funny and heartbreaking, describing how a record company can destroy an artist's vision. It's right up there with "The Entertainer" and Workin' For MCA" as the finest portraits of that now dying industry. Check out Melanie's live album Leftover Wine for one of the best singer/songwriter variations of the genre, if you have some time to spare. It will make you a life long convert to this oft-overlooked artist.