Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Come See Me (I’m Your Man)

First recorded by J.J. Jackson (1966).
Hit version by The Pretty Things (UK #43/AUS #92 1966).

From the wiki: “J.J. Jackson is an American Soul/R&B singer, songwriter, and arranger who started out as a songwriter and arranger for ‘Brother’ Jack McDuff, Jimmy Witherspoon, and The Shangri-Las, among others. Jackson’s songwriting credits include ‘It’s Easier to Cry’ (The Shangri-Las), released as the B-side to ‘Remember (Walking in the Sand)’ in 1964, and The Pretty Things’ 1966 hit single, ‘Come See Me’. He is perhaps best known for the soul hit ‘But It’s Alright’ which, after its 1966 release, became one of the best known dance music tunes of the decade.

“The Pretty Things were an English rock band from London, who originally formed in 1963 and took their name from Bo Diddley’s ‘Pretty Thing’ (1955). The group were preceded by the band called Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys, which consisted of Dick Taylor, fellow Sidcup Art College student Keith Richards, and Mick Jagger. Taylor would briefly play bass guitar in the nascent Rolling Stones during 1962 but would leave several months later when he was accepted at the London Central School of Art, where he would meet met Phil May and, together, formed The Pretty Things. They never had a hit in the United States, but had considerable success in their native Britain and in Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the Netherlands in the middle of the 60s decade. Their appearance was designed to provoke, with May claiming to have the longest hair in the UK.”

The Pretty Things, “Come See Me” (1966):

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