Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Leaving Here

Co-written and first recorded by Eddie Holland (US #76/R&B #27 1964).
Other hit version by Pearl Jam (ROCK #24/ALT #31 1996).
Also recorded by The Who (1965), The Birds (1965), Motörhead (1977).

From the wiki: “‘Leaving Here’ was written in 1963 by Motown songwriters Holland–Dozier–Holland (‘Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)‘, ‘Heat Wave’, ‘I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)’), and was originally released as a single in December 1963 by H-D-H lyricist Eddie Holland. Pearl Jam recorded the song for the 1996 Home Alive compilation album, released to fund women’s self-defense classes, and charted on the Rock and Alternative Rock music charts. The song would later be included on the band’s 2003 Lost Dogs double album of B-sides and rarities.

“Earlier covers were recorded by The Who: two studio recordings in 1965 and a live recording for BBC Radio, but none of these recordings were released officially for decades. In 1965, The Birds – a group which included a pre-Faces Ron Wood – also recorded a cover version of ‘Leaving Here’ which inspired Heavy Metal band Motörhead to produce their debut single with a cover of the song twelve years later, in 1977.”

The Who, “Leaving Here” live BBC recording (1965):

The Birds, “Leaving Here” (1965):

Motörhead, “Leaving Here” (1977):

Pearl Jam, “Leaving Here” (1996):

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