Back in 1999, Paul McCartney did a rock and roll covers album called "Run Devil Run" and he did a pretty good cover of Brown Eyed Handsome Man. Here's the live version from the "Later with Jools Holland" show:Waylon Jennings cover of Brown Eyed Handsome Man was good. As was Buddy Holly's
I agree - I think by definition the original has to be 'best' because it is the most accurate interpretation of the composer's original concept or what he heard in his head and tried to physically reproduce.Let's see.....listen to the original or to a cover. There are some good covers but the originals better.