Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat

First recorded by Goldie & the Gingerbreads (UK #25 1965).
Other hit version by Herman’s Hermits (US #2 1965).

From the wiki: “Goldie & the Gingerbreads was an all-female American Rock band, active from 1962 to 1967, and the first all-female Rock band signed to a major record label. In 1964, fashion photographer and director Jerry Schatzberg threw a party for the Warhol ‘Superstar Baby’ Jane Holzer that was later referred to by writer Tom Wolfe as ‘the Mods and Rockers ball, the party of the year.’ Goldie & the Gingerbreads were booked to provide the musical entertainment. Among the guests at the event were The Rolling Stones and Ahmet Ertegün, the chairman of Atlantic Records, who promptly signed Goldie to his label.

“Later in 1964, the band met Eric Burdon and The Animals, whose manager then contracted the Gingerbreads to a tour in England. These standard group tours were arranged by record companies to showcase their roster of talent and the Gingerbreads were one of up to six bands on the tour, performing on the same bill night after night in small towns. In Britain, they toured with The Rolling Stones, The Animals, The Beatles, The Yardbirds, The Hollies and The Kinks, among others.

“Goldie & the Gingerbreads did have one single, ‘Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat’ (produced by The Animals’ Alan Price), that reached #25 on the UK Singles Chart in 1965. Although the single was also released in the United States, a recording of the same song by the more-heavily promoted Herman’s Hermits was released with great fanfare just prior to the Gingerbreads’ release, thus fatally undermining the Gingerbreads’ chances for a hit single in the U.S.”

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

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