Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Keep On Running

Written and first recorded by Jackie Edwards (1965).
Hit version by The Spencer Davis Group (US #76/UK #1/CAN #22/IRE #3/NZ #4 1965).
Re-recorded by Jackie Edwards (1976).

From the wiki: “‘Keep on Running’ was written and first recorded by Jackie Edwards, which became a #1 UK hit when recorded by The Spencer Davis Group. Edwards recorded his original version while working in the UK for Island Records as a songwriter. It first appeared on his 1965 album Come on Home, and was later re-recorded by Edwards again as a reggae arrangement in the mid-1970s for his Do You Believe In Love album.

“Strongly influenced by Nat King Cole, Edwards began performing at the age of 14. He came to the attention of Chris Blackwell in 1959 after scoring four #1 singles in Jamaica between 1960 and 1961. When Blackwell set up Island Records in London in 1962 Edwards followed him, working as a singer and songwriter for Island, recording as a solo artist and also duets with Millie Small (‘My Boy Lollipop‘), and delivering records to stores.

“‘Keep on Running’ was most successfully recorded by The Spencer Davis Group and released as a single in November 1965. It became their first UK #1 single in January 1966. The song would be included on the group’s second album, The Second Album, released in 1966. Another Edwards composition, ‘Somebody Help Me’, would also become a #1 UK hit for The Spencer Davis Group in 1966.”

The Spencer Davis Group, “Keep On Running” (1965):

Jackie Edwards, “Keep On Running” re-recording (1976):

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