Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Double Shot (of My Baby’s Love)

First recorded by Dick Holler & The Holidays (1963).
Hit version by The Swingin’ Medallions (US #17 1966).

From the wiki: “‘Double Shot (Of My Baby’s Love)’ is a popular song written by Don Smith and Cyril Vetter and first recorded by Dick Holler & the Holidays. It was later recorded by The Swingin’ Medallions.

“Holler, while attending LSU, began playing piano, organizing bands and writing songs with his college friends. In 1956, he formed the band Dick Holler and the Carousel Rockets which, at times, included Mac ‘Dr. John’ Rebennack, Grady Caldwell, Jimmy Clanton , and another Baton Rouge guitarist/vocalist/songwriter, Johnny Ramistella, later known as ‘Johnny Rivers’ (‘Swayin’ to the Music (Slow Dancing)‘).

“After Clanton embarked on a solo career in 1961 (‘Hurting Each Other‘), Holler renamed the band Dick Holler & The Holidays. As a songwriter, Holler came into great prominence in 1968 when Dion recorded Holler’s composition in tribute to the fallen John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., ‘Abraham, Martin and John’, which reached the Billboard Top Five becoming a worldwide Folk-Pop standard. Holler also co-wrote ‘Snoopy vs. The Red Baron’.

“‘Double Shot’ was covered by The Swingin’ Medallions, a beach music group from Greenwood, South Carolina, who released it as their second single in 1966. But, the song was banned on many radio stations due to lyrics alleging referencing drugs and sex, including ‘it was the worst hangover I ever had’ and ‘she loved me so hard’. Still, it managed to reach Billboard‘s Hot 100 Top-20.”

The Swingin’ Medallions, “Double Shot (of My Baby’s Love)” (1966):

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