Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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I Can’t Let Go

Originally recorded by Evie Sands (1965).
Hit versions by The Hollies (US #42/UK #2 1966), Linda Ronstadt (US #31 1980).

From the wiki: “Co-writer Chip Taylor (co-writer ‘Wild Thing‘, ‘Angel of the Morning‘, ‘Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)‘) is the brother of actor Jon Voight. The song was first recorded by blue-eyed soul songstress Evie Sands, and was locally popular in the US [NYC] in 1965.

“‘I Can’t Let Go’ was The Hollies’ first 1966 single, and the final single to feature the band’s original bassist Eric Haydock. It went to #2 in the UK but only #42 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. (The Hollies’ version got an enthusiastic thumbs up from Paul McCartney, who thought Graham Nash’s soaring tenor during the chorus was a trumpet.)

“Linda Ronstadt released a successful version in 1980, from her Platinum-certified album Mad Love. It reached #31 on the Billboard Hot 100.”

The Hollies, “I Can’t Let Go” (1966):

Linda Ronstadt, “I Can’t Let Go” (1980):

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