Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Tagged: The Clique

Sugar on Sunday

Written and first recorded by Tommy James & the Shondells (1969).
Hit version by The Clique (US #22 1969).

From the wiki: “‘Sugar on Sunday’ was written by Tommy James and Mike Vale, and was first recorded by Tommy James & the Shondells in late 1968 for inclusion on the Crimson & Clover album, released in January 1969. The song was not released as a single, perhaps because of its similarity to the album’s two hit singles: ‘Crimson and Clover’ (a #1 hit) and ‘Crystal Blue Persuasion’ (a #2 hit).

“The Clique was a late 1960s American sunshine pop band from Houston, Texas. They started as the Roustabouts in the Beaumont, Texas area, 90 miles east of Houston, and later the Sandpipers before renaming themselves the Clique in 1967 and settling in Houston. Their first hit was a cover of the 13th Floor Elevators’ ‘Splash 1’, on Cinema Records, produced by Walt Andrus. The song was #1 in Houston for several weeks.

“The Clique’s eponymous debut album, released by White Whale Records in the summer of 1969, featured the singles ‘I’ll Hold Out My Hand’ and their cover of ‘Sugar on Sunday’. The latter single reached #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October 1969.”