Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Baby, Come Back

First recorded by The Equals (1966 |IRE #2/BEL #1/NETH #6/NOR #4/AUS #10 1967 |US #32/UK #1 1968).
Also recorded by Eddy Grant (1984).
Other hit version by Pato Banton & UB40 (UK #1/AUS #11/IRE #2/SCOT #1/NZ #1 1994).

From the wiki: “‘Baby, Come Back’ was written by Eddy Grant (‘Police On My Back‘, ‘Electric Avenue’), and originally performed and recorded by him and the rest of his band – The Equals – in 1966. The song was first released in 1966, a year after the band formed, but did not chart. However, after impressive sales in the rest of Europe (where it reached the Top 10 in Belgium and The Netherlands), the single was re-issued in the UK and reached #1 on the UK Singles Chart in July 1968.

“The song was covered by its writer, Eddy Grant, as a solo effort in 1984 without any chart success.

“In 1994, ‘Baby, Come Back’ was covered by Pato Banton who was joined by Robin and Ali Campbell of UB40 – Banton dubbing verses between the Campbells singing the original hook and chorus. Topping the UK Singles chart beginning in November 1994, Banton’s cover was the 4th biggest-selling UK single of 1994.”

Eddy Grant, “Baby, Come Back” (1984):

Pato Banton & UB40, “Baby, Come Back” (1994):

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