Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Something You Got

Written and first recorded by Chris Kenner (1961).
Hit version by Alvin Robinson (US #54/R&B #6 1964).
Also recorded by Moody Blues (1965), Wilson Pickett (1966), Herman Hitson (1966), Bruce Springsteen (1974).

From the wiki: “‘Something You Got’ was written by New Orleans R&B singer and songwriter Chris Kenner (‘Land of 1000 Dances‘, ‘I Like It Like That‘) who released it in 1961 as a single, with ‘Come and See About Me’ on the B-side, and as an album track on the 1966 album Land of 1000 Dances. Covered later with some acclaim by Wilson Pickett (who also covered Kenner’s ‘Land of 1000 Dances’), ‘Something You Got’ charted only with the 1964 version recorded by Alvin Robinson.”

“The Moody Blues included their recording of ‘Something You Got’ on the debut album The Magnificent Moodies, released in 1965. It was the only album featuring their R&B line-up of guitarist Denny Laine, bassist Clint Warwick, keyboardist Mike Pinder, flautist–percussionist Ray Thomas, and drummer Graeme Edge. (The US album release would be titled Go Now – The Moody Blues #1, and would not include ‘Something You Got’.)

“A recorded version of ‘Something You Got’ labeled ‘Rare Jimi Hendrix’ is actually a recording by Herman Hitson. According to ‘Hitson himself [says] these tracks were recorded for an album that was to be called Free Spirit. The tracks were produced by Johnny Brantley and Lee Moses. Hitson does say that Jimi had a ‘small part’ in ‘some of the material’, but it’s unclear what that part was and on which tracks if any as Hitson might have been thinking of other sessions than this particular one. The songs were eventually released by Brantley as Hendrix recordings.’

“Two bootleg versions by Bruce Springsteen of ‘Something You Got’ exist: one is a live version recorded during an early Max’s Kansas City appearance ca. 1972; the other was recorded live in Houston in March 1974 shortly before the recording sessions for Born to Run began.”

Alvin Robinson, “Something You Got” (1964):

Moody Blues, “Something You Got” (1965):

Wilson Pickett, “Something You Got” (1966):

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, “Something You Got” live in NYC (1972):

Bruce Springsteen, “Something You Got” live in Houston (1974):

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