Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Bus Stop

First recorded by Herman’s Hermits (1966).
Hit version by The Hollies (US #5/UK #5/CAN #1/AUS #2 1966).
Also recorded by Graham Gouldman, songwriter (1968).

From the wiki: “‘Bus Stop’ was written by UK songwriter and future 10cc member Graham Gouldman, who also penned major hits for The Yardbirds (‘For Your Love‘) and Herman’s Hermits (‘No Milk Today’). In a 1976 interview Gouldman said the idea for the song had come while he was riding home from work on a bus. The opening lines were written by his father, playwright Hyme Gouldman. Graham continued with the rest of the song in his bedroom, apart from the middle-eight, which he finished while riding to work – a men’s outfitters – on the bus the next day.

“First recorded in early 1966 by Herman’s Hermits but unreleased until August 1966 (and, then, only as an album track), a ‘Bus Stop’ single would first be released by The Hollies in May 1966. It would become The Hollies’ first US Top-10 hit. Songwriter Gouldman would release his own ‘cover’ version in 1968 for his debut solo album, The Graham Gouldman Thing.”

The Hollies, “Bus Stop” (1966):

Graham Gouldman, “Bus Stop” (1968):

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