Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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All You Get from Love is a Love Song

First recorded by Steve Eaton (1973).
Also recorded by the Righteous Brothers (1975).
Hit version by the Carpenters (US #35/MOR #4/CAN #38/JPN #68 1977).

From the wiki: “‘All You Get from Love Is a Love Song’ was composed by Steve Eaton, former lead guitarist of Paul Revere & the Raiders (‘Indian Reservation (Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)‘), and was first recorded by Eaton in 1973.

“In 1975, the Righteous Brothers were the first to cover the song, for the album Sons of Mrs. Righteous. But, ‘All You Get from Love is a Love Song’ was internationally popularized by the Carpenters in 1977. Included on the album, Passage, their cover was released as a promotional single – charting in the US Top-40, in Canada, and in Japan.

“The song has also appeared in a Top 10 of misheard lyrics, compiled by Noel Edmonds. The lyric ‘Because the best love songs are written with a broken heart …’ can sometimes be heard as ‘Because the best love songs are written with a broken arm …'”

The Righteous Brothers, “All You Get from Love is a Love Song” (1975):

The Carpenters, “All You Get from Love is a Love Song” (1977):

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