Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Red Rubber Ball

First recorded by The Seekers (1966).
Also recorded by Neil Diamond (1966), Mel Tormé (1966).
Hit version by The Cyrkle (US #2/CAN #1 1966).

From the wiki: “‘Red Rubber Ball’ was co-written by Paul Simon (of Simon and Garfunkel) and Bruce Woodley (of The Seekers). In an interview on The Colbert Report, Simon said he wrote ‘Red Rubber Ball’ while living in England, to get a £100 advance from The Seekers. The Seekers first recorded ‘Red Rubber Ball’ for their 1966 album Come the Day (US-title: Georgy Girl). According to Cyrkle guitarist Tom Dawes, Simon also offered it to the Cyrkle when they were opening for Simon and Garfunkel on tour.

“Neil Diamond recorded ‘Red Rubber Ball’ for his 1966 debut album The Feel of Neil Diamond.”

Mel Tormé, “Red Rubber Ball” (1966):

Neil Diamond, “Red Rubber Ball” (1966):

The Cyrkle, “Red Rubber Ball” (1966):

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