Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Tagged: Dino Valenti

(Let’s) Get Together

First recorded (as a demo) by Dino Valenti (1964, released 1996).
First commercial release by The Kingston Trio (1964).
Also recorded by Jet Set (1964), Jefferson Airplane (1966), H.P. Lovecraft (1967).
Hit versions by We Five (US #31 1965), The Youngbloods (US #62 1967| US #5 1969), Dave Clark Five (UK #8 1970).

From the wiki: “‘Get Together’, also known as ‘Let’s Get Together’, was written in the early 1960s by American singer-songwriter and future Quicksilver Messenger Service lead singer Chet Powers (aka Dino Valenti). The song was originally recorded and released as ‘Let’s Get Together’ by The Kingston Trio in 1964 on their album Back in Town. In 1965, the first cover to break into the Top 40 was recorded by We Five as the follow-up to their Top 10 hit ‘You Were on My Mind’.

“The Youngbloods released their version of the song under the title ‘Get Together’. It became a minor Hot 100 hit for them, peaking at #62 in 1967. However, renewed interest in the Youngbloods’ version came about when it was used in a 1969 radio public service ad campaign by the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Re-released to radio in 1969, The Youngbloods’ version peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. A 1970 a UK-only-release cover by The Dave Clark Five, titled ‘Everybody Come Together’, went Top 10.

Hey Joe

Written and first recorded by Billy Roberts (1961).
Popular versions by The Leaves (US #31 1966), The Jimi Hendrix Experience (UK #6 1966), Wilson Pickett (US #59/R&B #29/UK #16 1969), Willy DeVille (SPN #1 1992).
Also recorded by Tim Rose (1966), The Golden Cups (1968), Billy Roberts (ca. 1976).

Billy Roberts, “Hey Joe” re-recording (1976?):

From the wiki: “Diverse credits and claims have led to confusion as to the song’s true authorship and genesis. But, the earliest known commercial recording of the song is the late-1965 single by the Los Angeles garage band The Leaves (on Mira 207).

“The Leaves re-recorded the track (for the third time) in 1966, releasing it as a follow-up single (on Mira 222) which became a hit. While claimed by the late Tim Rose to be a traditional Blues song (or often erroneously attributed to the pen of American musician Dino Valenti aka Chet Powers and Jesse Farrow), and who recorded a cover in 1966 that was released in 1967 on Through Rose Colored Glasses, ‘Hey Joe’ was registered for copyright in the U.S. in 1962 by Billy Roberts. Producer Hal Resner has stated there is a live recording of Roberts performing ‘Hey Joe’, dating from around 1961.

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