Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Love of the Common People

First released by The Four Preps (1967).
Also recorded by The Everly Brothers (1967), Waylon Jennings (1967), The Gosdin Brothers (1968), The Winstons (1969), John Denver (1969), John Hurley, co-writer (1970).
Hit versions by Nicky Thomas (UK #9 1970), Paul Young (US #45/UK #2/IRE #1/NETH #1 1983).

From the wiki: “‘Love of the Common People’ is a Folk ballad composed by John Hurley and Ronnie Wilkins, eventually released in 1970 on Hurley’s album John Hurley Sings about People, but which was first recorded in January 1967 by The Four Preps in a session arranged and conducted by Leon Russell.

“The song was covered by both the Everly Brothers and Country singer Waylon Jennings in 1967, The Gosdin Brothers (1968), Soul group The Winstons (1969), John Denver (on his 1969 Rhymes & Reason album), Reggae artist Nicky Thomas (1970), Stiff Little Fingers in 1982, and English pop singer Paul Young in 1982 (re-released in 1983).

“When Young first released his interpretation of ‘Love of the Common People’ as a single, in 1982, it failed to chart. It was only after Young had his first hit in 1983, with ‘Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home)’, and ‘Love’ was re-released that it became a big hit. The single peaked at #2 in the UK, and reached the #1 spot in Ireland and the Netherlands.”

The Everly Brothers, “Love of the Common People” (1967):

Waylon Jennings, “Love of the Common People” (1967):

The Gosdin Brothers, “Love of the Common People” (1968):

The Winstons, “Love of the Common People” (1969):

John Denver, “Love of the Common People” (1969):

Nicky Thomas, “Love of the Common People” (1970):

John Hurley, “Love of the Common People” (1970):

Paul Young, “Love of the Common People” (1982):

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