Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Tagged: John Carter

Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat

First recorded by John Carter and Ken Lewis (1964).
Hit versions by Goldie & the Gingerbreads (UK #25 1965), Herman’s Hermits (US #2 1965).

From the wiki: “‘Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat’ was written by John Carter and Ken Lewis (‘Tossing and Turning’, ‘Little Bit O’ Soul‘) and was first recorded in 1964 by the songwriters’ group, Carter-Lewis & the Southerners, with no apparent chart impact.

“The song would next appear separately on the UK and US music charts – first by a US group in the UK, and then by a UK group in the US.

Little Bit o’ Soul

First recorded by The Little Darlings (1965).
Hit version by The Music Explosion (US #2 1967).
Also recorded by The Ramones (1983).

From the wiki: “‘Little Bit o’ Soul’ was written in 1964 by British songwriters John Carter and Ken Lewis, and originally recorded by Coventry band The Little Darlings. Carter first met Lewis while both were at school, where they formed a skiffle band in the 1950s called LVI. In 1961 their band, Carter-Lewis & the Southerners, released ‘Back on the Scene’ as a single but the group never broke through. The Southerners main claim to fame remains the brief stint Jimmy Page did as their lead guitarist.

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