Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Country Comfort

First released by Rod Stewart (June 1970).
Also recorded by Orange Bicycle (Sept 1970), Kate Taylor w/ Linda Ronstadt (1971).
Hit album version by Elton John (Oct 1970).

Written by Elton John, ‘Country Comfort’ would be recorded and released by two other artists in the months prior to John’s own recording. ‘Country Comfort’ would be released as a single from the album Tumbleweed Connection, with ‘Love Song’ on the B-side, to no apparent singles chart impact. Rod Stewart also performed the song live, with Elton John dressed as a hornet, at a fund-raising gig at the Vicarage Road Stadium in May, 1974.

Orange Bicycle, “Country Comfort” (Sept 1970):

Elton John, “Country Comfort” (Oct 1970):

Kate Taylor with Linda Ronstadt, “Country Comfort” (1971):

Rod Stewart & Elton John, “Country Comfort” live performance at Watford (1974):

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