Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Dizzy Miss Lizzy

Written and first recorded by Larry Williams (1958).
Also recorded by Ronnie Hawkins & the Hawks (1959), The Fabulous Echoes (1965), The Plastic Ono Band (1969).
Hit album version by The Beatles (1965).

From the wiki: “‘Dizzy Miss Lizzy’ was composed and first recorded by Larry Williams (‘Nobody‘) in 1958, sharing some similarities with the Little Richard-composed hit ‘Good Golly Miss Molly’. The song has been covered many times, including, most famously, by the Beatles on the 1965 Help! album. (The recording was initially intended for the 1965 American album Beatles VI, along with the Larry Williams cover, ‘Bad Boy’, recorded by the group on the same day.) Paul McCartney has stated that he believes ‘Dizzy Miss Lizzy’ to be one of the Beatles’ best recordings. ‘Dizzy Miss Lizzy’ also appeared as a live recording by the Beatles’ John Lennon on The Plastic Ono Band’s Live Peace in Toronto 1969 album.

“Ronnie Hawkins & the Hawks, with Levon Helm on drums, recorded ‘Dizzy Miss Lissy’ in New York City at Bell Sound studios in April, 1959. A decade later, it would be at Hawkins’ house John Lennon and Yoko Ono would stay during their infamous week in Toronto, Ontario, leading up to their Toronto Rock ‘n Roll Revival appearance.”

Ronnie Hawkins & the Hawks, “Dizzy Miss Lizzy” (1959):

The Beatles, “Dizzy Miss Lizzy” live performance at Shea Stadium (1965):

The Plastic Ono Band, “Dizzy Miss Lizzy” live performance (1969):

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