Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Time Is On My Side

First recorded by Kai Winding (1963).
Hit versions by Irma Thomas (US #52 1964), The Rolling Stones (US #6/AUS #4 1964 |UK #64 1982).

From the wiki: “Kai Winding session arranger Garry Sherman contacted songwriter friend and colleague Jerry Ragovoy (‘Piece of My Heart‘) after Kai had expressed an interest in going in a more commercial and rhythmic direction. But Ragovoy had thought of no lyrics for the song other than ‘Time is on my side’. Produced by Creed Taylor and engineered by Phil Ramone, and including background vocals by Cissy Houston, Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick, ‘Time Is On My Side’ was released on the Verve Records label in October 1963.

“In early 1964 Irma Thomas recorded a gospel-influenced cover of the song as the B-side for her single ‘Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand)’, released on Imperial Records. Songwriter Jimmy Norman was enlisted by Thomas’ arranger H. B. Barnum to create some more lyrics for the song. He managed to finish moments before Thomas entered the studio to record them.

“The Rolling Stones recorded two versions of the song in 1964. The first version (a looser arrangement featuring a briefer, organ-only intro), recorded in London in June 1964, was released in the U.S. in 1964, as a single from their album 12 X 5. The second version (more tightly arranged and featuring guitar in the intro), recorded in Chicago on November 8, 1964, was released in the UK on January 15, 1965 on The Rolling Stones No. 2. This is the version that receives airplay and appears on most ‘best of’ compilations.”

Irma Thomas, “Time Is On My Side” (1964):

Rolling Stones, “Time Is On My Side” from 12 x 5 (1964):

Rolling Stones, “Time Is On My Side” from Rolling Stones No. 2 (1964):

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