Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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How Do You Do It

First recorded by The Beatles (1962).
Hit version by Gerry & The Pacemakers (US #9/UK #1 1963).

From the wiki: “The song was written by Mitch Murray. Adam Faith had been offered the song but turned it down and The Beatles recorded a version of it, which would not be released until it appeared on the group’s retrospective Anthology 1 album in 1995.

“The Beatles’ producer, George Martin, recalls ‘I had the final decision on songs [in the first year], but they persuaded me to let them have their own songs on both sides of their first single. I was still thinking that we should release their recording of ‘How Do You Do It’. They said, ‘Couldn’t we do one of our own, Please Please Me?’

“Gerry & the Pacemakers’ version was produced by George Martin and became a #1 hit in the UK, until being replaced at the top by ‘From Me to You’, the Beatles’ third single (following ‘Please Please Me’).”

Gerry & The Pacemakers, “How Do You Do It” (1963):

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