Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Little Darlin’

First recorded by The Gladiolas (R&B #11 1957).
Other hit version by The Diamonds (US #2 1957).
Also recorded by Sha Na Na (1969), Elvis Presley (1977).

From the wiki: “‘Little Darlin” was written by Maurice Williams and recorded as a rhythm-and-blues song by Williams’s R&B group, The Gladiolas, and quickly released in January 1957 by Excello Records.The Gladiolas, featuring Williams, were from Lancaster, South Carolina, where they had been together since high school. Their original version of the song peaked at #11 on the R&B charts in April 1957, but barely dented the Billboard Hot 100. (By 1959, Williams’ group became ‘Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs’ (‘Stay’).)

“The Diamonds were a Canadian pop group that evolved into a doo-wop group. Their version of ‘Little Darlin” version followed a month later, in February 1957, reached #2 in sales for eight weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Little Darlin’, primarily the Diamonds’ version, but to some extent the Gladiolas’ version, is an all-time Rock ‘n Roll R&B classic. Rock-and-roll-revival group Sha Na Na performed ‘Little Darlin” at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair in 1969 after recording it for their first album, Rock and Roll Is Here To Stay. The song was later recorded by Elvis Presley for his final album, Moody Blue (1977). ”

The Diamonds, “Little Darlin'” (1957):

Sha Na Na, “Little Darlin'” (1969):

Elvis Presley, “Little Darlin'” (1977):

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