Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Tagged: The Foundations

That Same Old Feeling

First recorded (as “It’s the Same Old Feeling”) by The Foundations (1969).
Hit versions by The Fortunes (US #62 1970), Picketywitch (US #67/MOR #34/UK #5/CAN #39/IRE #5/NZ #7 1970).

From the wiki: “‘That Same Old Feeling’ was composed by songwriters and producers John Macleod and Tony Macaulay, and was included on The Foundations’ final album, Digging the Foundations (1969). As with the group’s previous three albums, Digging the Foundations was produced by Macleod and Macaulay and consisted largely of compositions by the duo. The original recording of the song introduced the song’s standard chorus but its verses were radically different – musically and lyrically – from those of the better-known followups.

Baby, Now That I’ve Found You

First recorded by The Foundations (US #11/UK #1/CAN #1 1967).
Re-recorded by The Foundations (1968).
Also recorded Alton Ellis (1967), Lana Cantrell (1968), The Marble Arch Orchestra (1968).
Other hit version by Alison Krauss & Union Station (C&W #49 1995).

From the wiki: “‘Baby, Now That I’ve Found You’ was written by Tony Macaulay and John MacLeod, parts of it in the same bar of a Soho tavern where Karl Marx is supposed to have written Das Kapital. When ‘Baby Now That I’ve Found You’ was first released, as The Foundations’ debut single in 1967, it went nowhere. Meanwhile, BBC Radio’s newly founded Radio 1 were looking to avoid any records being played by the pirate radio stations (e.g. Radio Caroline, Radio London) and they looked back at some recent releases that the pirate stations had missed. ‘Baby, Now That I’ve Found You’ was one of them. The single then took off and by November it was #1 in the British charts.

“Another version of the song was recorded by The Foundations in 1968 featuring Colin Young, Clem Curtis’ replacement. This was released on a Marble Arch album of newer stereo versions of previous hits. The same year the record label’s Marble Arch Orchestra recorded an instrumental version of the song for the 1968 album Tomorrow’s Standards.