Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Darling Baby

First recorded (as “Let’s Talk It Over”) by Lamont Anthony (Dozier) (1960).
Hit version by The Elgins (US #72/R&B #4 1966).

From the wiki: “Lamont Dozier (Lamont Anthony) is best known as a member of Holland–Dozier–Holland, the songwriting and production team responsible for much of the Motown sound and numerous hit records by artists such as Martha and the Vandellas, The Supremes, The Four Tops, and The Isley Brothers. But, Dozier recorded a few unsuccessful records for various Detroit labels (including early Motown subsidiary, Anna) before signing on with Motown in 1962. Anna Records was a short-lived record label, known as a forerunner of Motown, founded in Detroit by sisters Anna and Gwen Gordy (who co-wrote ‘Let’s Talk It Over’) and Roquel Billy Davis in 1959. The label signed such acts as David Ruffin, future lead singer of the Temptations; Joe Tex; Johnny Bristol and his partner Jackey Beavers (the original duo behind the Supremes’ ‘Someday We’ll Be Together‘), and future Motown hit-making songwriter-producer Lamont Dozier (who went by the name Lamont Anthony at the time). Anna Records also hired future Motown star Marvin Gaye as drummer for the label.

“The Elgins recorded together for various small labels in Detroit prior to their Motown days as The Sensations, and The Five Emeralds, and also recorded early on at Motown as The Downbeats in 1962. Motown suggested that they add female lead vocalist Saundra Mallett, and the new group’s first single release was “Darling Baby”, issued in December 1965. Early copies credited the record to The Downbeats, but Berry Gordy wanted to use the name ‘Elgins’ which had previously been one of the names used by The Temptations. The Elgins also recorded the original version of ‘Heaven Must Have Sent You‘ in 1966, later a hit single for Bonnie Pointer.”

The Elgins, “Darling Baby” (1966):

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