Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away

First released by The Beatles (1965).
Hit version by The Silkie (US #10/UK #28 1965).

From the wiki: “‘You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away’ was written and sung by John Lennon (though credited to Lennon–McCartney) and released on the Beatles’ movie soundtrack album Help! in August 1965. It was not released as a promotional single.

“The Silkie, a band that had been signed by Brian Epstein, recorded their version a few months after the Beatles. The Silkie were an English folk music group. Their name was derived from an Orcadian song ‘The Great Silkie of Sule Skerry’, which they sometimes performed. They were briefly considered to be the English equivalent of Peter, Paul and Mary, with their common repertoire of Bob Dylan songs, and the original Australian folk group, The Seekers.

“Their first single in June 1965, ‘Blood Red River’, reached #14 on the ‘Wonderful Radio London Fab 40’, but failed to make any impression on the UK Singles chart. However, they followed this up with ‘You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away’. It became The Silkie’s only national chart hit.

“John Lennon produced the session, while Paul McCartney contributed guitar and George Harrison tambourine. When the recording was completed, Lennon was so pleased with it that he played it over the phone to Brian Epstein and told him that they had just recorded a No. 1 hit. The Silkie’s version was released in October 1965. It peaked at #10 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at #28 on the UK Singles chart.”

The Silkie, “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” (1965):

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