Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Little Bit o’ Soul

First recorded by The Little Darlings (1965).
Hit version by The Music Explosion (US #2 1967).
Also recorded by The Ramones (1983).

From the wiki: “‘Little Bit o’ Soul’ was written in 1964 by British songwriters John Carter and Ken Lewis, and originally recorded by Coventry band The Little Darlings. Carter first met Lewis while both were at school, where they formed a skiffle band in the 1950s called LVI. In 1961 their band, Carter-Lewis & the Southerners, released ‘Back on the Scene’ as a single but the group never broke through. The Southerners main claim to fame remains the brief stint Jimmy Page did as their lead guitarist.

“Carter and Lewis’ luck changed when Herman’s Hermits recorded ‘Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat’, a #2 hit in the US, and both would go on to provide backing vocals for The Who’s ‘I Can’t Explain’. Carter also sang lead on The New Vaudeville Band’s hit single ‘Winchester Cathedral’. Both would write ‘Let’s Go to San Francisco’, releasing the song as The Flower Pot Men. In the 1970s, Carter crafted several other studio projects including the group First Class (‘Beach Baby’).

“The Music Explosion was an American garage rock band from Mansfield, Ohio, whose production by Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz would pave the way for Bubblegum Pop bands the Ohio Express and 1910 Fruitgum Company.

“The Ramones covered ‘Little Bit o’ Soul’, one of two covers recorded, as the lead track from their 1983 album Subterranean Jungle. Music journalist Robert Christgau wrote that the album was ‘more worthy of an audience than anything they’ve done in the ’80s.'”

The Music Explosion, “Little Bit o’ Soul” (1967):

The Ramones, “Little Bit o’ Soul” (1983):

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