Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Put Your Hand in the Hand

First recorded by Anne Murray (1970).
Hit version by Ocean (US #2/MOR #4/CAN #10 1971).

From the wiki: “‘Put Your Hand in the Hand’ is a gospel-Pop song composed by Gene MacLellan (‘Snowbird’) and first recorded by Anne Murray for her third studio album, Honey, Wheat and Laughter. It was later covered by Canadian band Ocean and released as the title track to their debut album. Their version is arguably the most popular one of the song, peaking at #2 in 1971 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and kept from #1 by ‘Joy to the World‘ by Three Dog Night.”

Ocean, “Put Your Hand in the Hand” (1971):

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