One of the iconic rock songs to come out of the 1970s, “Sweet Jane” was written by Lou Reed in 1969 and recorded by his band The Velvet Underground for the Loaded album in 1970.
Three other versions were recorded as well, including a live one in 1969 which later appeared on The Velvet Underground Live. While the main track from Loaded was becoming
famous on FM radio during the early 70’s, Mott the Hoople recorded this cover as the lead track of side one on All The Young Dudes in 1972 and gave Reed’s underground hit yet another boost when it was issued as a single in Canada, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United States in January 1973. Without question it is one of my favorite tracks on the album.
From the Song Review by Dave Thompson: “It was producer David Bowie who introduced ‘Sweet Jane’ to Mott the Hoople’s repertoire; written by Lou Reed during the last years of the Velvet Underground, the song was included on Mott’s 1972 breakthrough album, All the Young Dudes. Mott’s original version is a relatively straightforward cover of one of Reed’s quintessential rock & roll songs …”
Jane appears in several guises on this video as does husband Jack.