Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat

First recorded by John Carter and Ken Lewis (1964).
Hit versions by Goldie & the Gingerbreads (UK #25 1965), Herman’s Hermits (US #2 1965).

From the wiki: “‘Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat’ was written by John Carter and Ken Lewis (‘Tossing and Turning’, ‘Little Bit O’ Soul‘) and was first recorded in 1964 by the songwriters’ group, Carter-Lewis & the Southerners with no apparent chart impact.

“The song would next appear separately on the UK and US music charts – first by a US group in the UK, and then by a UK group in the US.

“First out the gate was the recording by Goldie & the Gingerbreads, from the US, the first all-female rock band signed to a major record label , who were discovered in New York City by The Animals and invited to England, later touring in support of the Animals, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, the Yardbirds, the Kinks, and Manfred Mann. The Animals’ keyboardist, Alan Price, got the group in a studio to record ‘Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat’.

“At the same time, producer Mickie Most (The Animals, Lulu, Donovan, Hot Chocolate) maneuvered Herman’s Hermits into recording their own arrangement of ‘Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat’.

“Goldie & the Gingerbreads’ single was released as an A-side in both the UK and the US. But its impact in the US was muted by the release of Herman’s Hermits’ A-side single two weeks prior. (The Hermits’ version would be released in the UK only as a B-side, to ‘Silhouettes‘, meaning it did not chart there separately.) Goldie had the hit in the UK, peaking at #25 on the hit singles chart; Herman’s Hermits’ US release would peak at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, kept out of #1 by The Supremes’ ‘Stop! In the Name of Love’.

“Failing to break big in the US, Goldie & the Gingerbreads would begin to split up between 1966-1967. But, the group became the prototype for future girl rock bands like The Runaways and The Go-Gos. Goldie (Genya Raven) went on to form Ten Wheel Drive and, later, host two radio shows on XM/Sirius satellite radio. Carol MacDonald and Ginger Bianco later formed the nucleus of jazz-fusion band Isis. Margo Lewis became Bo Diddley’s personal manager and the keyboardist in his band during the last decade of his life, and presently manages Diddley’s estate.”

Goldie & the Gingerbreads, “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat” (1965):

Herman’s Hermits, “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat” (1965):

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