WHICH IS BETTER ?
In the history of American music, there are numerous examples of songs originally recorded by Black R&B Artists that, frankly, didn't get the airplay, accolades, or fame for the original artist. The reasons are many.
Some say that it was because of the racism and /or segregation that existed in America at the time.
Another reason was the lack of exposure that the original R&B recording received on the national airwaves by Dee-Jays, Radio Station Program Directors , and others who claimed that a song was "too black" or "too R&B" for the tastes of that station's target market and demographic, namely ,White Americans.
This was , of course, for the most part , a cop-out, especially given the incredible subsequent success of Black Music , and the artists who made it , in later years...and the huge number of R&B Artists now enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame due to their pioneering efforts. The success of The Platters is a significant example... proof that Black Artists can sell significant numbers of records to White Americans... without the need for "cover records", that is recordings by White artists of R&B originals to get a larger amount of sales. ( money talks). The artists of Motown Records - spearheaded by The Miracles, and the numerous acts that followed them , is another example, and proof that Black R&B music , properly marketed and exposed to mainstream America, could produce significant sales and profits, not to mention stardom , for artists whose records were previously confined to the limited market... and sales... of the R&B Music Charts... without the need for these "cover records"