Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Tagged: Ruby & The Romantics

Hey There, Lonely Girl

First recorded (as “Hey There, Lonely Boy”) by Ruby & the Romantics (US #5 1963).
Other hit versions by Eddie Holman (US #2/R&B #4/CAN #1/UK #4 1969), Shaun Cassidy (AUS #5 1977), Robert John (US #31 1980).

From the wiki: “‘Hey There, Lonely Boy’ was written by Leon Carr and Earl Shuman and was first recorded in 1963 by Ruby & The Romantics (‘Our Day Will Come’, ‘Hurting Each Other‘), becoming the group’s second Top-5 single following their #1 hit, ‘Our Day Will Come’. Eddie Holman’s cover was recorded and released in 1969, becoming his highest-charting single.

“Additional charting singles covers were recorded by Shaun Cassidy (1977), and Robert John (1980).”

Hurting Each Other

First recorded by Jimmy Clanton (1965).
Also recorded by Ruth Lewis (1966), The Walker Brothers (1966).
Hit versions by Chad Allan & The Expressions (CAN #19 1965), Ruby & The Romantics (US #113 1969), The Carpenters (US #2/MOR #1 1972).

From the wiki: “The earliest version of the song was recorded by Jimmy Clanton, the singer from New Orleans known as the ‘swamp pop R&B teenage idol’, in February 1965, produced by the song authors, Gary Geld and Peter Udell. He rode the crest of the popular teen music wave in the 1950s and 1960s. Seven of his records, including ‘Go, Jimmy, Go’, ‘Just a Dream’, and ‘Venus in Blue Jeans‘, charted in the U.S. Top 40.

“Chad Allan & The Expressions, who later became The Guess Who, also recorded the song in 1965 on their Canadian LP Hey Ho (What You Do to Me). Released as a single, the song hit #19 on the Canadian charts in early 1966. In June 1966, a version by Ruth Lewis, produced again by the song’s writers, Geld and Udell, was released as a single by RCA Victor records. A cover of ‘Hurting Each Other’ also appeared on The Walker Brothers’ second album, Portrait, which was released in November 1966 but their recording was not released as a single. However, ‘Hurting Each Other’ was the final single released by Ruby & The Romantics (‘Hey There, Lonely Girl‘) before the group’s break-up in 1969.

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