Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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(I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone

First recorded by Paul Revere & the Raiders (1965).
Also recorded by The W.C. Fields Memorial Electric String Band (1966), The Rebounds (1966), Flies (1966).
Hit versions by The Monkees (US #20 1967), The Farm (UK #57 1990), P.J. & Duncan (UK #11 1996).

From the wiki: “‘(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone’ was written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart (‘Last Train to Clarksville’, ‘I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight’). It was first recorded in 1965 by Paul Revere & the Raiders, and first appeared on their album Midnight Ride released in May 1966.

“Early covers included recordings by The W.C. Fields Memorial Electric String Band, The Rebounds, and The Flies. ‘(I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone’ is best known, though, as a hit for The Monkees (US #20). In early 1967, it became the first Monkees B-side to chart. It would later chart in the UK – twice – with cover arrangements by The Farm (1990), and a UK Top-20 hit by P.J. & Duncan (1996).”

Action (Where the Action Is)

Based on “Shim Sham Shuffle” by Ricky Lyons (1960).
Hit version by Freddy Cannon (US #13 1965).

From the wiki: “Where the Action Is was created by Dick Clark as a spin-off of American Bandstand. It premiered on the ABC-TV network on June 27, 1965, airing each weekday afternoon. Originally intended as a summer replacement and broadcast at 2 P.M. EDT, the show was successful enough for it to continue throughout the 1965-66 TV season.

“The show’s theme song, ‘Action’, written by Steve Venet and Tommy Boyce (‘I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight’, ‘(Theme from) The Monkees‘, ‘Last Train to Clarksville’), became a hit single for Freddy ‘Boom Boom’ Cannon, peaking on the charts at #13 in September 1965. Venet and Hart based their hit on the previously-released ‘Shim Sham Shuffle’, co-written and recorded by Ricky Lyons.”