Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher

First recorded (as “(My Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher”) by The Dells (1967).
Also recorded (as”(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher”) by Otis Redding (1967 |B-side R&B #30 1969).
Hit versions by Jackie Wilson (US #6/R&B #1 1967 |UK #11 1969), Canada Goose (US #90/CAN #44 1970), Rita Coolidge (US #2/UK #48/AUS #6 1977).

From the wiki: The Dells (‘Oh, What a Night’) recorded their version of ‘Higher and Higher’ in February 1967 but did not release the song until May 1968, on the album There Is. A version by Otis Redding, recorded prior to his passing in December 1967, was posthumously released in 1969, 18 months later, as the B-side to ‘Free Me’.

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