Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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(I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone

First recorded by Paul Revere & the Raiders (1965).
Also recorded by The W.C. Fields Memorial Electric String Band (1966), The Rebounds (1966), Flies (1966), Jimi Hendrix (1969, released 1971).
Hit versions by The Monkees (US #20 1967), The Farm (UK #57 1990), P.J. & Duncan (UK #11 1996).

From the wiki: “‘(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone’ was written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart (‘Last Train to Clarksville’, ‘I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight’). It was first recorded in 1965 by Paul Revere & the Raiders, and first appeared on their album Midnight Ride released in May 1966. Early covers included recordings by The W.C. Fields Memorial Electric String Band, The Rebounds, and The Flies. ‘Stepping Stone’ is best known as a hit for The Monkees (US #20). In early 1967, it became the first Monkees B-side to chart.”

The W.C. Fields Memorial Electric String Band, “(I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone” (1966):

The Rebounds, “(I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone” (1966):

The Flies, “(I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone” (1966):

The Monkees, “(I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone” (1967):

The Farm, “Stepping Stone” (1990):

P.J. & Duncan, “Stepping Stone” (1996):

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