Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I’ve Got)

First recorded by Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds (1972).
Hit version by The Four Tops (US #4/R&B #2 1973).

From the wiki: “‘Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I’ve Got)’ was written by Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter who first joined Talent Associates in 1970 as producers and songwriters, and were responsible for many of that label’s hits, including Original Caste’s ‘One Tin Soldier‘, and hits by Seals & Crofts. After leaving Talent Associates for ABC-Dunhill, Lambert and Potter wrote for Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds (‘Don’t Pull Your Love’) or produced several of ABC’s hits including Glen Campbell’s ‘Rhinestone Cowboy‘ in 1975. The Lambert-Potter-composed ‘Ain’t No Woman’ was first recorded in 1972 by Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds and released on their album, Hallway Symphony.

“Coincidentally, Lambert and Potter became The Four Tops’ producers after that group left Motown Records in 1972 for ABC-Dunhill. ‘Ain’t Now Woman’ was their second ABC single, and it became The Four Tops’ most successful post-Motown Top 40 hit. The group’s version was led by longtime singer Levi Stubbs, and included special co-lead spots by the other Tops: Lawrence Payton, Renaldo ‘Obie’ Benson and Abdul ‘Duke’ Fakir, in that respective order, during the song’s chorus.”

The Four Tops, “Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I’ve Got)”: (1973):

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