Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Love is a Rose

Written and first recorded by Neil Young (1974, released 1977).
Inspired by “Dance Dance Dance” Neil Young (1971, released 2007).
“Dance Dance Dance” also recorded by Crazy Horse (1971), The New Seekers (US #84 1972).
Hit version by Linda Ronstadt (US #63/C&W #5 1975).

From the wiki: “‘Love Is a Rose’ was written by Neil Young in 1974 for the unreleased album Homegrown. It was later released in 1977 on his compilation Decade album. The melody for ‘Love Is a Rose’ was taken from yet another previously unreleased Neil Young song ‘Dance Dance Dance’, written in 1971, which finally saw release in 2007 on the Live at Massey Hall album. Young’s longtime backing band Crazy Horse also recorded ‘Dance Dance Dance’ in 1971 on their album Crazy Horse, and The New Seekers released ‘Dance Dance Dance’ as a single in 1972, a version that peaked at #84 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Linda Ronstadt recorded ‘Love Is a Rose’ for her 1975 album Prisoner in Disguise (on which also appeared her recording of ‘I Will Always Love You‘). Her recording peaked at #5 on the US Country Singles chart. The recording also debuted on the Billboard” Hot 100, peaking at #63, but its B-side, ‘Heat Wave’, became the track of choice for Pop radio stations, becoming a #5 hit.”

Neil Young, “Dance Dance Dance” (1971):

Neil Young, “Dance Dance Dance” live BBC-TV performance (1971):

Crazy Horse, “Dance Dance Dance” (1971):

The New Seekers, “Dance Dance Dance” (1972):

Linda Ronstadt, “Love is a Rose” (1975):

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