John Lennon: The Original Jealous Guy. Sorry, Nick Jonas.

I didn’t mean to hurt you
I’m sorry that I made you cry
I didn’t mean to hurt you
I’m just a jealous guy

sings John Lennon on his track “Jealous Guy” from the 1971 album Imagine. Other notably jealous guys? Gavin DeGraw, Elliot Smith, Deftones, Liz Gillies, and Lou Reed, among many others. Roxy Music’s cover of Lennon’s song is probably the most recognizable for those who were listening to the radio in the 1980s. Their cover charted in multiple countries—including the U.K. where it hit number one—after Lennon’s assassination in December of 1980. Oddly, the original by Lennon only made it to 65 on the U.K. charts. Although artists such as David Bowie, Annie Lennox, and The Sex Pistols site Roxy Music as an influence, the group never reached the worldwide notoriety that the artists they inspired did. “Jealous Guy” was Roxy Music’s only song from their eight studio albums to find its way to number one.

Though the song was released in the ‘70s, it has fans of all ages thanks to the wide array of artists who have covered it. My first introduction to the song was thanks to Gavin DeGraw, who is no stranger to covers. The rerelease of his album Chariot, called Chariot (Stripped), featured a cover of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come”. However many know him for his piano-only version of “Jealous Guy”, which he recorded for the hit show One Tree Hill, and released on the tie-in-album/soundtrack, Friends with Benefit. That album came out in 2006; so, how are younger fans hearing about the decades old song now?

Elizabeth “Liz” Gillies—one of the few female artists to cover the song—became well known after staring on Nickelodeon’s Victorious, alongside Victoria Justice and Ariana Grande. The show, which ran from 2010-2013, was geared towards tweens and early teens and focused on a group of friends who went to a performing arts high school. The show gave Gillies the opportunity to show off her Broadway trained voice, and gave her a head start in the music industry. She appeared on several of the show’s soundtracks, and was featured on Grande’s Christmas EP. Trying to keep that momentum going, Gillies released a series of covers on her YouTube page, including her cover of “Jealous Guy” in 2011, introducing the tune to an entirely new generation of listeners.

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