Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning

First recorded (as “The Last Thing I Needed (The First Thing This Morning)”) by Bill & Bonnie Hearne (1976).
Hit version by Willie Nelson (C&W #2/CAN #1 1982).
Also recorded by Lost Gonzo Band (1976), Gary P. Nunn (1984).

From the wiki: “‘Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning” was written by Gary P. Nunn (‘London Homesick Blues’ aka Austin City Limits theme song) and Donna Farar, and was first recorded in 1976 by then-Austin, TX, musicians Bill & Bonnie Hearne. Willie Nelson recorded the song in 1982 for his album Always On My Mind. ‘Last Thing I Needed …’ was released as the third single from the album, and peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and #1 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada.

“Songwriter Nunn began his musical career as a 7th grader in a garage band in Brownfield, TX. In 1968, he transferred to the University of Texas at Austin, to study pharmacology, and was there at the start of the ‘cosmic cowboy’ movement with one of Austin’s favorite bands, The Lavender Hill Express, with the late Rusty Wier. Nunn immersed himself further in the local music scene, playing bass for Michael Martin Murphy, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Willie Nelson, the latter whom would go on to record the hit version of ‘Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning’. From there Nunn became a member of the Lost Gonzo Band that backed Walker and Murphy both on stage and in the studio.

“Nunn would record a cover of his own song in 1984.”

Lost Gonzo Band, “The Last Thing I Needed” (1976):

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Willie Nelson, “The Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning” (1982):

Gary P. Hunn, “The Last Thing I Needed, the First Thing This Morning” (1984):

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