Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Yes, We Can Can

First recorded (as “Yes We Can”) by Lee Dorsey (R&B #46 1970).
Hit version by The Pointer Sisters (US #11/R&B #12 1973).
Also recorded by Allen Toussaint (2005).

From the wiki: “‘Yes We Can Can’ was written by Allen Toussaint (‘Java‘, ‘I Like It Like That‘, ‘Whipped Cream‘)and originally recorded as ‘Yes We Can’ by Lee Dorsey on his 1970 album Yes We Can. It was producer David Rubinson’s suggestion that the Pointer Sisters record the song. Coincidentally, ‘Yes We Can’ happened also to be one of the songs the Pointer Sisters had earlier recorded as a demo while seeking a label deal.”

The Pointer Sisters, “Yes We Can Can” (1973):

Allen Toussaint, “Yes We Can” (2005):

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