Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Eli’s Comin’

Written and first recorded by Laura Nyro (1968).
Hit version by Three Dog Night (US #10/CAN #4 1969).

From the wiki: “‘Eli’s Comin” was written and recorded in 1967 by singer-songwriter and pianist Laura Nyro, and was first released in 1968 on Nyro’s album, Eli and the Thirteenth Confession.

“The song was later recorded – twice – by Three Dog Night in 1969, for their album Suitable for Framing (for which see note on piano outro) and, later the same year, Captured Live at the Forum. The studio version of ‘Eli’s Comin” reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100.”

Three Dog Night, “Eli’s Comin'” single release (1969):

Three Dog Night, “Eli’s Comin'” live version (1969):

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