Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Corrina, Corrina (Corrine, Corrina)

First recorded (as “Corrine, Corrina”) by Bo Carter (Chatmon) & Charlie McCoy (1928).
Hit versions by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys (1940), Ray Peterson (US #9/UK #41 1960), The Rising Sons (1966).
Also recorded by Elston Gunn (Bob Dylan) (1962).

From the wiki: “‘Corrina, Corrina’ may have traditional roots; however, early versions vary musically and lyrically. One of the earliest is the commercial sheet music song ‘Has Anybody Seen My Corrine?’ published by Roger Graham in 1918. ‘Corrine, Corrina’ was first recorded by Bo Carter in December 1928.

“Just prior to World War II, Bob Wills adapted the song to a Western swing dance song. Following his recording with The Texas Playboys in April 1940, the song (recorded as “Corrine, Corrina”) entered the standard repertoire of all Western swing bands, influencing the adoption of ‘Corrina, Corrina’ by Cajun bands and later by individual country artists.

“‘Corrina, Corrina’ entered the folk-like acoustical tradition during the American folk music revival of the 1960s when Bob Dylan began playing a version he titled ‘Corrina, Corrina’. Although his blues based version contains lyrics and song structure from ‘Corrine Corrina’, his melody is lifted from ‘Stones in My Passway’ recorded by Robert Johnson in 1937. The Rising Sons featuring Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder recorded the song as ‘Corinna, Corinna’ before breaking up in 1966.

“Ray Peterson had a #9 pop hit in 1960 with his version of the song. His version was produced by Phil Spector.”

Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys, “Corrine, Corrina” (1940):

Ray Peterson, “Corrina, Corrina” (1960):

Bob Dylan (recording as “Elston Gunn”), “Corrina, Corrina” (1962):

The Rising Sons, “Corrina, Corrina” (1966):

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