Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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I Go to Pieces

First recorded by Lloyd Brown (1964).
Hit versions by Peter & Gordon (US #9 1965), Cotton Lloyd & Christian (US #66/MOR #10/UK #51 1975).
Also recorded by Del Shannon, writer (1965).

From the wiki: “Del Shannon (‘Runaway’) wrote ‘I Go to Pieces’ for an R & B singer named Lloyd Brown whom Shannon discovered at a Detroit, Michigan nightclub. Shannon arranged and produced Brown’s recording but was unable to find a label interested in releasing the track. Shannon also attempted to record ‘I Go to Pieces’ for himself in an August 1964 New York City recording session but was unable to cut a satisfactory vocal of the song before his allotted three-hour session ran out. (Shannon would record a cover of his own song a year later, in 1965, after Peter & Gordon (‘A World Without Love‘) had already scored their US Top 10 hit with it.)

“‘I Go to Pieces’ was passed to Peter Asher and Gordon Waller when the duo and Del Shannon, along with the Searchers, shared the bill for an Australian tour in the second half of 1964. At one of the tour venues Shannon pitched ‘I Go to Pieces’ to the Searchers, singing it for the group in their dressing room. The Searchers turned the song offer down.

“Peter & Gordon were in the dressing room next door and, recognizing the song’s potential to become a Merseybeat-style hit, they asked Shannon for permission to record it. ‘I Go to Pieces’ would become Peter & Gordon’s fourth hit single, and the first hit for them not written by Lennon-McCartney.”

Del Shannon, “I Go to Pieces” (1965):

Peter & Gordon, “I Go to Pieces” (1965):

Cotton, Lloyd & Christian, “I Go to Pieces” (1975):

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