Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Love is Strange

First recorded by Bo Diddley (May 1956, released 2007).
Hit versions by Mickey & Sylvia (US #11/R&B #1 October 1956), The Everly Brothers (UK #11, 1965), Peaches & Herb (US #13/R&B #16 1967).
Also recorded by Paul McCartney & Wings (1971).

From the wiki: “The song was based on a guitar riff by Jody Williams. The song was written by Bo Diddley under the name of his wife at the time, Ethel Smith. The first recorded version of ‘Love Is Strange’ was performed by Bo Diddley, who recorded his version on May 24, 1956 with Jody Williams on lead guitar. This version was not released until its appearance on I’m a Man: The Chess Masters, 1955-1958 in 2007.

“Mickey & Sylvia’s version was recorded several months later on October 17, 1956. Mickey Baker’s guitar stylings, especially the soloing on ‘Love Is Strange’, inspired a plethora of guitarists including Sterling Morrison of the Velvet Underground.”

Mickey & Sylvia, “Love is Strange” (1956):

The Everly Brothers, “Love is Strange” (1965):

Peaches & Herb, “Love is Strange” (1967):

Paul McCartney & Wings, “Love is Strange” (1971):

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