Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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I Got You (I Feel Good)

First recorded (as “I Found You”) by Yvonne Fair & the James Brown Band (1962).
Also recorded by James Brown (1964).
Hit version by James Brown (US #3/R&B #1/UK #29 1965).

From the wiki: “‘I Got You (I Feel Good)’ was developed from an earlier Brown-penned song, ‘I Found You’, with a nearly identical melody and lyrics. ‘I Found You’ was recorded by Brown’s back-up singer, Yvonne Fair, and was released as a single in 1962 with little success.

“In 1964, Brown recorded an early version of ‘I Got You (I Feel Good)’ with a different arrangement, including a stuttering rhythm and prominent baritone sax line, under the title ‘I Got You’. This version appeared on the Smash Records album Out of Sight and was used in the 1965 film Ski Party, in which Brown lip-synched his performance. It was intended for a single release but was withdrawn due to a court order from King Records, with whom Brown was involved in a contract dispute.

“Re-recorded and released as a single in 1965 titled ‘I Got You (I Feel Good)’, the song would go to become Brown’s highest-charting song and is arguably his most widely-known recording.

“Of Brown’s 99 hits to reach the Billboard Hot 100 (a total surpassed only by Elvis Presley, and the cast of Glee), ‘I Got You (I Feel Good)’ is Brown’s highest-charting song, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also remained at the top of the Billboard Rhythm & Blues Singles chart for six non-consecutive weeks, after his previous single, ‘Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag’, held the #1 spot for eight weeks. Brown’s screams at the beginning and end of the song have been sampled a number of times for hip hop and dance songs. The song has also been covered many times by other performers, and is frequently played at sporting events.”

James Brown, “I Got You” from Out of Sight (1964):

James Brown, “I Got You (I Feel Good)” (1965):

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