Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Tagged: The Marmalade

Lovin’ Things

First recorded by The Pathfinders (1967).
Also recorded by Bobby Rydell (1968), December’s Children (1968).
Hit versions by The Marmalade (UK #6 1968), The Grass Roots (US #49 1969).

From the wiki: “‘Lovin’ Things’ was co-written by Artie Schroek and Jet Loring, and first recorded for commercial release in 1967 by the Scottish band The Pathfinders. A version by Bobby Rydell was put out as a 45 rpm on the Reprise label in January 1968. Then, in April 1968, UK group The Marmalade released their cover recording and took it into the UK Top Ten. Later that year, US group December´s Children also covered ‘Lovin’ Things’ with a somewhat different orchestral arrangement but with no apparent chart success. “Lovin’ Things” finally became a Billboard Hot 100 hit in the US when The Grass Roots covered it in early 1969.”

Talking in Your Sleep

First recorded by The Marmalade (1977).
Hit version by Crystal Gayle (US #18/MOR #3/C&W #1 1978).

From the wiki: “The first recorded version of ‘Talking in Your Sleep’ was by the band The Marmalade (‘Reflections of My Life’, ‘Lovin’ Things‘, ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da‘), produced by Roger Greenaway (‘I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing‘), released as single in 1977 but without any chart success. It was subsequently recorded in late 1977 by Country music artist Crystal Gayle and released in January 1978 as the first single from her album When I Dream. Gayle’s version became a hit on both the US Country and Pop charts in 1978, reaching #1 on the US Country chart and peaking at #18 Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.”

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Originally recorded (as a demo) by Paul McCartney (1968).
Hit versions by The Marmalade (UK #1/NOR #1 1968), The Bedrocks (UK #20 1968), The Spectrum (GER #19 1968), Paul Desmond (MOR #35 1969), Arthur Conley (US #51/R&B #41 1969), The Beatles (AUS #1/JPN #1 1969 |US #49 1976).

From the wiki: “‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’ is a song credited to Lennon–McCartney, but written by Paul McCartney. Released by The Beatles on their 1968 album The Beatles (commonly called The White Album), the song was released as a single that same year in many countries – except not in the United Kingdom, nor in the United States until 1976.

“During May 1968, after their return from India, The Beatles gathered at George Harrison’s Esher home, in Surrey, to record demos for their upcoming project. ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’ was one of the twenty-seven demos recorded there. Paul performed this demo solo, with only an acoustic guitar but double-tracking his vocal.