Worst record ever?

I had the misfortune of spotting Sarah Vaughan's "Songs of the Beatles" at my local record store and, intrigued, I bought it since it was only $2. I'm still traumatized a few hours after listening to it; who and why would ever release a record that bad? I love Sarah as a jazz singer but her rendition of the Beatles' songs is absolutely atrocious. I just can't believe someone made a decision to actually release it.
I think that when great artists in a given genre attempt musical efforts in another style the results are often a disaster. Examples are, Willie Nelson "Countryman" (reggae), Van Morrison "Pay The Devil" (country), Paul Simon's and Sting's recent "classical" offerings - I have blissfully forgotten the titles. Anything by Edgar Meyer and any jazz outing by Yo Yo Ma, etc. It seems classical artists playing jazz make for the most wooden of all performances, the lack of structure seemingly working against decades of training.

The exception to the whole phenomena is Pat Boones "In A Metal Mood. No More Mr. Nice Guy" in which he covers the heavy metal canon, including a salsa tinged reading of "Stairway To Heaven" and an indescribable interpretation of "Smoke On The Water".
william shatner's 'transformed man' - first comes laughter, then a furious dash to the stereo to turn it off... what was he thinking??
Michael Bolton "My Secret Passion". Michael Bolton with undetectable talent to begin with, attacks and butchers classical pieces. On a trip to Thailand they ran a music video of him eviscerating Italian arias. Difficult to look away from a 12 car pile-up with bodies strewn across four lanes of traffic.

Good work Michael, you make Brittany Spears seem positively cerebral.
Sad part is they make big money doing it.

If you're gonna be a wannabe, get it right.
Musicslug, William Shatner doing Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds...
How about that last Eagles record..I can't remember the title..something about Eden.
They sounded like a bad imitation of the Backstreet Boys.
Probably the most disappointing album ever released from one of my all time favorite bands.
Leonard Nimoy-I walk the line......serioulsy? he crossed it when he agreed to record it. Evidentially pinted ears are tone deaf.
Barbra Streisand

Christmas Memories and A Christmas Album

Available for $.01 each at Amazon
kitschy but cool...certainly not sara vaughn's finest moment, but hardly a waist of time...as beatles tributes go, keely smith sings the beatles is way better..as is booker t. and the m.g.'s mclemore avenue.
Even my drug-induced coma that most refer to as the eighties couldn't dampen the blow of Eddie Murphy's album.
BTW, my fave Shatner cover is "Rocket Man". Like the movies "Mommie Dearest" and "Can't Stop the Music", it's so bad it's good. Which brings up the lament: How come Bruce Jenner never took a stab at singing?
No worries though. Other "actors" like Chuck Norris totally fill the void!
Azaud, you just brought a laugh to my Sunday as the words "my girl wants to part all the time" came jilting back through the my memory!
Terry Bradshaw - the 70's Steelers quarterback put an album out, once.... just once.
A Pittsburgh native, I inherited some 45's from the folks. I found a 45 by Terry- "I'm So Lonesome I Could Gry."
The Shatner/Nimoy things are hilarious - I would add Nimoy's If I Had A Hammer to the others mentioned. They were, of course, done tongue-in-cheek. There is an album out there somewhere called Golden Throats, or something like that, that has I think one hundred tracks of stuff like that. A friend of mine has it, if anyone is curious I can ask him about it.
I heard a Styx/Jimmy Buffet collaboration that made me run out and buy Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music.
Golden Throats 1,2,3 are on Amazon if you type in Leonard Nimoy it's part way down the page FWIW.

I found Pat Boones "In a Metal Mood" quite interesting.
Barbara Streisand's classical record was very forgetable...even for $1.00 at Good Will. They wouldn't take it back...even as a donation. My bad.
ELP "Love Beach"
Peter Frampton "I'm in You"
Ringo -- generally any album after say, 1975.
Chicago -- ditto above.
Kiss -- ditto
Elton John -- ditto
I once (and only once) heard an FM radio station play a novelty cut that was the tune from Stairway to Heaven and the words from the Gilligan's Island theme song. I seem to remember reading that the station received bomb threats...
Anything by Loverboy. I had a girlfriend in the early 80s who played them over and over. Now if I hear them it makes me want to climb the clock tower with a rifle.
Anything from Boston or The Cars....
Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods - Billy Don't Be a Hero (not just a single. There (gulp) was an album)
Anything by Toto, ELP, Yes, or Styx.

I strongly disagree!

Not only is Bo Donaldson's "Billy Don't Be a Hero" NOT the worst record ever, it's not even the worst recording of that song. That honor, IMHO, goes to Paper Lace. It is, however, a close call - so props to you, anyway. Certainly one of the worst songs ever to come down the pike.

"Anything by Loverboy. I had a girlfriend in the early 80s who played them over and over. Now if I hear them it makes me want to climb the clock tower with a rifle."

Biffrythm is it Loverboy or what it reminds you of?

Sarah Vaughn singing the Beatles? Something doesn't jive with that matchup. I can't imagine nor do I want to.

Anyone remember Kenny Rankin's "Because of You" released on Chesky back in the 80's? Great audiophile stuff, good sound little music. I play it to unsuspecting listeners as a goof. This guy is bad. He must have been a good friend of David Chesky but then again a lot of the Chesky original stuff was cut from the same cloth.

Viridian tell me you're kidding about Pat Boone, you are kidding, right?
Another set of candidates:

1. The Dread Zeppelin album where a reggae band does Led Zepp. covers fronted by an Elvis impersonator.

2. The Pop-o-Pies album consisting solely of covers of the Dead's Truckin' done in different styles

3. Anything by the Dead Kennedys after "Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables"
I like Dread Zeppelin. Hilarious, and not badly done either.
Will avoid American Idol performers, bubble gum acts, actors and athletes. Of highly skilled musicians Van Halen 3 has to rank as one of the worst efforts.
Can't forget that album by William Hung.....the asian guy that got made fum of by Simon Cowell for his rendition of "She Bangs". How any company let him in a recording studio is beyond me.
Robert Plant even likes Dread Zeppelin, no greater compliment than that.
Iron Butterfly "Ball".
Anything from Diana Krall or Anita Baker
African Child-Aldous Snow
Any record mastered from digital source. I put one on today I bought accidentally back in the 80s. Renaissance vocal music. Good artists, good label. Sounds like total crap.
"Steel Wheels" by The Rolling Stones

"Tug of War" by Paul McCartney

"Trans" by Neil Young
Milli Vanilli
The first digital LP, Bop Til You Drop, by Ry Cooder was really really bad.
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Relayer by Yes - oh yes, they finally managed to end up with a dud. 
The Soon section in the end of side 1 is great piece of music though, it raised my eyebrow a bit. 

Ha! Ry Cooder is really serious about how his guitar sounds. When he heard about a new way of recording (digital), he wanted at it, and as Geoff said did the first digitally recorded Pop album, Bop ’Til You Drop. When he heard the playback his reaction was WTF?! He HATED it!

Years later he heard one of the Lily Water LP’s, and said "Why can’t my albums sound this good?" He then recorded "A Meeting By The River" on Water Lily, one of the best sounding albums ever recorded.

Amongst Rock 'n' Roll historians there is an album considered the "Plan 9 From Outer Space" of albums: "Philosophy Of The World" by The Shaggs. Recorded by the three Wiggins sisters of New Hampshire in 1968, it is a real trip. Two of the guys in NRBQ, having a perverse sense of humor, talked their label Rounder Records into re-releasing it.
All albums by Neil Young and Crazy Horse. And the last 3-4 by Neil Young. Most of the hard rock 80's bands.