Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Lady Godiva

Originally recorded by Paul Jones (1966).
Hit versions by Peter & Gordon (US #6/UK #16 1966), Alex Day (UK #15 2012).

From the wiki: “Peter & Gordon’s producer John Burgess brought the duo ‘Lady Godiva’, which Burgess had recently produced for the Paul Jones album My Way. Peter Asher recalls that he [Asher] objected to recording the song. The duo’s other half, Gordon Waller, responded ‘It’ll be funny [so] shut up’. The P&G single was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and reunited Peter & Gordon with Geoff Love who, after arranging and conducting the duo’s first six singles, had sat out their last three A-sides. ‘Lady Godiva’ would become the duo’s first Top Ten hit since ‘I Go to Pieces’ in 1965; in fact, becoming Peter and Gordon’s highest-ranking US hit.

“It has been reported that the mayor of Coventry attempted to suppress local airplay of the single: Peter Asher would recall hearing that the mayor felt the song ‘was insulting to his city or something'” although Asher claimed to have had no immediate awareness of this purported boycott.

“In 2012, the song was covered and released as single by English musician Alex Day. It was Day’s first single to get a physical release in UK record stores following a distribution deal with Universal Music.”

Peter & Gordon, “Lady Godiva” (1966):

Alex Day, “Lady Godiva” (2012):

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