Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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(Who’s) That Lady

First recorded (as “Who’s That Lady?”) by The Isley Brothers (1964).
Hit version by The Isley Brothers (US #6/R&B #2/UK #14 1973).

From the wiki: “‘That Lady’ was a 1973 R&B and Soul hit song for The Isley Brothers (‘Twist and Shout‘), originally performed by the group, inspired by the Impressions, nearly a decade before in 1964. Jimi Hendrix toured as a guitarist with the Isley Brothers in 1964 (and the band also employed Elton John on piano for their 1964 UK tour). Hendrix’s influence was demonstrated on the 1973 re-recording of ‘That Lady’ with Ernie Isley’s guitar playing.

“The original recording was produced with a Bossa Nova arrangement; a more straight-ahead Latin arrangement, inspired by Santana, was used when produced again in 1973.

“Fun fact: The Isley Brothers are the only act to hit the Billboard charts in six straight decades and the only act to hit the Billboard Top 40 in five consecutive decades.”

The Isley Brothers, “That Lady” (1973):

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