It was once a common occurrence for white singers to re-record the work of Black musicians, oftentimes without crediting them. Cue Rock and Roll legend Little Richard’s regularly-spouted rant on how he “wrote it then Pat Boone stole it.” If you don't know who Pat Boone is, consider yourself lucky that you haven't heard his version of “Tutti Frutti.” Slowly, but surely, however, the musical tide began to change and it was the Black artists turning mediocre sounding tunes by white singers into smash hits. 

Here are nine songs by white singers that Black singers snatched, re-recorded and completely owned.