Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Tagged: Paul Simon

The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)

Written and first recorded by Simon & Garfunkel (1966).
Hit version by Harpers Bizarre (US #13 1967).

From the wiki: “‘The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)’ was written by Paul Simon and first recorded by Simon & Garfunkel, appearing on their 1966 album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. ’59th Street Bridge’ is the colloquial name of the Queensboro Bridge in New York City. The most popular cover version of the song was recorded in 1967 by Harpers Bizarre, reaching #13 on the Billboard Hot 100.

I Am a Rock

Written and first recorded by Paul Simon (1965).
Hit version by Simon & Garfunkel (US #3/UK #17 1966).

From the wiki: “‘I Am a Rock’ was written by Paul Simon, and first recorded by Simon solo as the opening track on his album The Paul Simon Songbook which he originally recorded and released as a solo performance in August 1965 but only in the United Kingdom. Later that year, Simon and Art Garfunkel, as the American pop/folk duo Simon & Garfunkel, re-recorded the song on December 14, 1965, and included it as the final track on their album Sounds of Silence. ‘I Am a Rock’ became the duo’s third Top 5 hit in the US when released as a single in May 1966.”

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