Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Wild Horses

First released by The Flying Burrito Brothers (1970).
Hit version by The Rolling Stones (recorded 1969 |released US #28 1971).

From the wiki: “‘Wild Horses’ was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards for the Rolling Stones’ 1971 album Sticky Fingers. Originally recorded over a three-day period at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama during 2–4 December 1969, the public would not hear the results until almost 18 months later due to legal wranglings with the band’s former label, Atco, and manager, Allen Klein.

“In the meantime, musician Gram Parsons convinced Jagger and Richards to allow him to record ‘Wild Horses’ with his band the Flying Burrito Brothers after Richards’ request to Parsons that Burrito Brother ‘Sneaky Pete’ Kleinow add some pedal steel licks to the Stones’ recording.

“The Burrito Brothers’ version was thus the first to be released, appearing on their second album, Burrito Deluxe, in April 1970. The Stones’ Sticky Fingers album wouldn’t be released until April 1971. Released as the album’s second promotional single in June 1971, after ‘Brown Sugar’, ‘Wild Horses’ would peak at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100. Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song #334 in its ‘500 Greatest Songs of All Time’ list in 2004 and #193 in its 2021 update.”

The Rolling Stones, “Wild Horses” (1969):

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