Best Covers: Kim Carnes “Bette Davis Eyes”

“Bette Davis Eyes” was a cover, too. Jackie DeShannon released the original version in 1974. DeShannon, like Kim Carnes, was a music-business survivor — one who started out as teenage country and rockabilly prodigy in the ’50s before tasting chart success in the ’60s.

The new version of “Bette Davis Eyes” is state-of-the-art Kim Carnes cover became Billboard‘s #1 single of 1981.

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