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Ha! Ha! Said The Clown Manfred Mann 1967 (rel. 3-23-67)
Mercury 72675
Yardbirds (6-13 & 19-67)
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Hair Walker Daniels & Gerome Ragni
10-30-67  on lp RCA Victor 1143 Hair Off-Broadway cast
James Rado & Gerome Ragni, Cowsills
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Half Heaven Half Heartache Ral Donner 11-14/16-61
on lp Murray Hill 000393 She's Everything (1988)
Gene Pitney (rel. 12-62)
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Hallelujah Clique 1969
on lp White Whale 7126
Sweathog (2-12-71)
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Hallelujah Leonard Cohen 1984
on lp Passport 6045 Various Positions
Leonard Cohen (1988 for Columbia), Jeff Buckley, John Cale, Rufus Wainwright, Allison Crowe, k.d. lang
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Hammer Song, The (aka If I Had A Hammer) Weavers 11-49 (cut for Charter)
on CD Bear Family 15720 Songs For Political Action (1996)
Weavers (many more times), Pete Seeger (many times), Peter, Paul & Mary, Trini Lopez
Written by Weavers' members Pete Seeger and Lee Hayes in support of 11 Communist leaders who'd been convicted under the Smith Act. This was a 1940 law prohibiting any activities concerning the overthrow of the US Government. The group cut a few tracks for Charter Records, which issued one Weavers record before label owner Mario Casetta went broke.

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Handbags And Gladrags Chris Farlowe 1967
Immediate 5005
Rod Stewart (1970, 2002), Rationals, Chase, Mike D'Abo, Chris Farlowe (1975 for UK Polydor), Stereophonics, Waysted
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Handy Man Sparks Of Rhythm 2-1-56
Apollo 541 (1959)
Jimmy Jones, Del Shannon, Otis Blackwell, James Taylor
Jimmy Jones had been in the Sparks Of Rhythm but left the group shortly before they recorded "Handy Man." It's not unlikely he had (at least) a hand in writing the song, but their record credited member Andrew Barksdale along with Apollo label exec Charles Merenstein. Jones' hit (and later versions) listed him and veteran r&b writer Otis Blackwell as co-composers. My theory is that Jones considered the song his and enlisted Blackwell's help before cutting it in 1959.

Jimmy had a record out in 1957, under the name Jimmy Jones & Jones Boys, titled "The Whistlin' Man" (Arrow 717) that had lyrics and melody similar to his subsequent "Handy Man."

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Hangin' On (aka [You Keep Me] Hangin' On) Gosdin Bros. 1967 (spring)
Bakersfield International 1002
Waylon Jennings (8-30-67), Joe Simon
This song is not related to the Supremes/Vanilla Fudge hit "You Keep Me Hangin' On."

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Hanging On The Telephone Nerves 1976
on ep Nerves N4501
Blondie, Jack Lee, Def Leppard
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Hanky Panky Raindrops 1963
Jubilee 5466
Summits, Shondells (aka Tommy James & Shondells, 2-64)
Even though theirs wasn't the earliest recording, the Summits' single may have been the first issued.

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Happiness Is Just Around The Bend Brian Auger's Oblivivon Express 3-73
RCA 0085
Main Ingredient
Happy see You Make Me Happy
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Happy Heart James Last 1969
Polydor 15004
Andy Williams, Petula Clark
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Harbor Lights (aka Harbour Lights) Roy Fox w/ Barry Gray 1-28-37
Victor 25593/UK HMV BD-5172
Claude Thornhill (6-14-37), Frances Langford ( 9-14-37), Sammy Kaye, Guy Lombardo, Ray Anthony, Bing Crosby, Dominoes, Platters
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Hard Sun Indio 1989
on lp A&M 5257 Big Harvest
Eddie Vedder
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Hard To Handle Otis Redding 11-67
Atco 6592
Patti Drew, Toots & Maytals, Commitments, Etta James, Black Crowes
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Harden My Heart Seafood Mama 1980
Wildfire (no #)
Quarterflash
Seafood Mama members Rindy and Marv Ross were also in Quaterflash.

Harder They Come, The see Bigger They Come The Harder They Fall,The
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Harlem Nocturne Ray Noble 8-8-40
Columbia 35708
Randy Brooks, Johnny Otis, Viscounts, Ray Anthony, Danny Gatton
Writer Earle Hagen was a trombonist in Ray Noble's band at the time. He had been inspired by Duke Ellington's saxophone player Johnny Hodges and wrote "Harlem Nocturne" for Noble's sax man Jack Dumont, originally titling it "Duke's Soup." The name change was suggested by the publisher. Hagen went on to compose themes for many TV programs, including the Andy Griffith Show, I Spy, Mod Squad and the Dick Van Dyke Show.

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Harper Valley P.T.A.,(When Mama Socked It To The) Margie Singleton 7-68
Ashley 5000
Jeannie C. Riley (7-26-68)
Considering the available recording dates it's likely Singleton's was cut first. Ironically, Riley's hit version was produced by Margie's former husband Shelby Singleton, Jr.

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Harry Hippie Jim Ford 1970
on CD Bear Family 16993 Point Of No Return (2008)
Bobby Womack
A self-titled Jim Ford album, which included "Harry Hippie," was scheduled to be issued by Capitol in the fall of 1970 but he had a falling out with the label and it was shelved.

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Haunted House Johnny Fuller 10-58
Specialty 655
Gene Simmons
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Have A Good Time Tony Bennett w/ Percy Faith & Orch. 4-24-52
Columbia 39764
Ruth Brown (7-2-52, 1988), Sue Thompson, Jimmie Rodgers
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Have I Told You Lately Van Morrison 1989
on lp Mercury 839 262-1 Avalon Sunset
Rod Stewart (1992, 1993)
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Have I Told You Lately That I Love You Gene Autry 11-1-45
Columbia 20075/37079
Tex Ritter, Lulu Belle & Scotty, Red Foley, Bing Crosby, Gene Autry (1953), Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson, Ringo Starr
Introduced by Lulu Belle & Scotty (Scotty Wiseman, the song's composer) in the 1944 film Sing, Neighbor, Sing. It's unclear whether this version has ever been available commercially.

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Have You Heard Joni James 1952
MGM 11390
Duprees
Hawaiian War Chant see Kaua i ka hauhaui
Hawaiian Wedding Song see Ke Kali Nei Au
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He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother Kelly Gordon 1-18-69
Capitol 2442
Hollies (6-25 & 8-7-69), Robert William Scott, Neil Diamond, Olivia Newton-John
He Called Me Baby see She Called Me Baby
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He Knows I Love Him Too Much Arlene Smith 1961
Big Top 3037
Paris Sisters
Phil Spector produced both Smith's original and the Paris Sisters' 1962 hit.

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He Says The Same Things To Me Joni James 1962
MGM 13159
Skeeter Davis (11-15-63)
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He Understands Me (aka She Understands Me) Teresa Brewer 1963
Phillips 40135
Johnny Tillotson (9-64), Bobby Vinton (as"Dum-De-Da")
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He'll Have To Go Billy Brown 4-20-59
Columbia 41380
Jim Reeves (10-15-59), Solomon Burke
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He'll Have To Stay Corina Minette 1960
ABC-Paramount 10097
Jeanne Black (3-17-60)
No surprise, this was an "answer" song to "He'll Have To Go."

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He's A Cousin Of Mine (aka Cousin Of Mine) Clarice Vance 11-9-1906
Victor 4931
Sam Cooke
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He's A Rebel Vikki Carr 4-15-62 (?)
Liberty 55493
Crystals (7-62))
The Crystals' and Carr's versions may have been done simultaneously. There are a lot of confusing and conflicting stories about the two recordings and even the recording dates given are suspect (especially for Vikki's). In regard to the releases, their respective recordings' Monarch pressing delta numbers are sequential (44462 and 44463, placing them in late July), with Carr's being the earlier. In the August 25, 1962 issue of Billboard hers was promoted with a full page ad proclaiming it "The Original!! The Hit!!"

The song was written with the Shirelles in mind by Gene Pitney inspired, ironically, by the Crystals' previous hit "Uptown." The Crystals' "Rebel" was sung by a different group than who cut "Uptown." Producer Phil Spector was impatient to record it and, since the original Crystals were out on tour, he recruited members of the Blossoms. He chose Darlene Wright to handle the lead, later rechristening her Darlene Love and launching her as a solo artist.

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He's Gonna Step On You Again John Kongos 1970
Elektra 45729
Happy Mondays
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He's Got The Whole World In His Hand(s) Rev. F.W. McGee 2-4-29
Victor 38513
Laurie London, Nina Simone
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He's Ready (aka She's Ready) Poppies 1966
Epic 10019
Spiral Starecase
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Heart And Soul Larry Clinton w/ Bea Wain 2-24-38
Victor 26046
Connie Boswell (9-6-38), Cleftones, Jan & Dean
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Heart And Soul Exile 1981
Curb/Warner Bros 49794
Huey Lewis & News, BusBoys
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Heart Of Stone Bucks Fizz 1988
UK RCA 42305
Cher
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Heartaches Jacques Renard & Orch. w/ Chester Gaylord 1-18-31
Brunswick 6033
Will Osborne & Orch. (1-22-31), Joe Morgan & Orch. (1-27-31), Guy Lombardo (1-28-31), Ted Weems (1932, 1937), Marcels, Patsy Cline
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Heartaches By The Number Ray Price 1-29-59
Columbia 41374
Guy Mitchell, Johnny Tillotson
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Heartbreaker Jenny Darren 1978
UK DJM 10878/lp US DJM 21 Queen Of Fools
Pat Benatar
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Heartbroke Rodney Crowell 12-79
Warner Bros 49591
Guy Clark, Ricky Skaggs
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Hearts Of Stone Jewels 1954
R&B 1301
Charms (9-13-54), Fontane Sisters, Bill Black Combo, Red Foley, NRBQ
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Heavy Makes You Happy Bobby Bloom 1970
on lp L&R 1035 The Bobby Bloom Album
Staple Singers
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Hello, Hooray Judy Collins 1968
on lp Elektra 74033 Who Knows Where The Time Goes
Alice Cooper
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Hello It's Me Nazz 1968
SGC 001
Todd Rundgren
Writer Todd Rundgren was a member of Nazz.

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Hello Mary Lou Gene Pitney 1960
on lp Musicor 2001 The Many Sides of Gene Pitney (1962)
Johnny Duncan, Ricky Nelson (3-20-61), New Riders Of The Purple Sage, Statler Bros., CCR
"Hello Mary Lou" was similar in many ways to "Merry, Merry Lou" as recorded by the Sparks in 1957 (Decca 30378). "Merry" had been written in 1954 by 19-year-old Cayet Mangiaracina, who went on to become a Dominican priest. Following the success of "Hello Mary Lou" in the '60s, the Sparks' publisher filed suit and Fr. Mangiaracina now shares royalties (and usually credit) with "Mary Lou's" writer Gene Pitney.

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Hello Young Lovers Dinah Shore 3-51
RCA Victor 45-0106
Perry Como (3-20/27-51), Gertrude Lawrence (4-16-51), Paul Anka
The song was written for the play The King & I, which opened on Broadway March 29, 1951. As often happens with musicals composed by major names (Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II in this case), recordings were made prior to the production opening. RCA Victor assembled a "studio cast" to cash in on the likely popularity of The King & I. Gertrude Lawrence's version, as part of the original cast album, was also quite popular.

Shore's record was issued as part of a five 10" 78 set of The King & I selections (RCA Victor K-30).

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Help Me Make It Through The Night Kris Kristofferson 10-20/21-69
on lp Monument 18139 Kristofferson
Ray Price, Sammi Smith, Joe Simon, Gladys Knight & Pips
After Bill Nash did "For The Good Times," writer Kris Kristofferson also gave him "Help Me Make It Through The Night." While Nash was the first to cut it, his recording disappeared. The session tape may have been wiped and recorded over as he was soon after drafted into the military.

Kris's Kristofferson album was reissued under the title Me And Bobby McGee.

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Help Me Rhonda Beach Boys 1-8-65
on lp Capitol 2269 Today!
Beach Boys (2-24-65, Capitol 5395)
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Here I Am Baby Barbara McNair 3-29 to 6-22-66
Motown 1106
Marvelettes
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Here I Go Again Whitesnake 1982
on lp Geffen 24173 Saints & Sinners
Whitesnake (twice in 1987)
In 1987, Whitesnake cut it for their self-titled album, then again as a single "radio-mix" version.

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Here You Come Again B.J. Thomas 1977
on lp MCA 2286
Dolly Parton
Hero see Wind Beneath My Wings
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Herzen haben keine Fenster (aka My Melody Of Love) Elfi Graf 1973
German M-Music 12946
Peters & Lee (as "Don't Stay Away Too Long"), Bobby Vinton
German composer Henry Mayer wrote the song ("Hearts Don't Have Windows") as recorded by Austrian pop singer Graf. Brits Peters & Lee did the first version in English, then Bobby Vinton wrote his own lyrics resulting in a huge 1974 hit.

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Hesitation Blues Al Bernard 1919
on cylinder Edison Blue Amberol 3738
The Whispering Pianist (aka Art Gillham), Al Bernard & Goofus 5 (1927 for Okeh), Sam Collins, Duke Ellington, James P. Johnson, Rev. Gary Davis, Dave Van Ronk, Hot Tuna, Janis Joplin, David Grisman/Jerry Garcia et al.
The song was first published in 1915. Although they both probably evolved from a common source, "Hesitation Blues" and W.C. Handy's "Hesitating Blues" are different songs.

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Hey Bartender Floyd Dixon 11-10-54
Cat 114
Blues Bros., Johnny Lee
Hey Gyp see Can I Do It For You
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Hey Joe,Where You Gonna Go? (aka Hey Joe) Leaves 11-65
Mira 207 (promo version)
Surfaris (3-18-66), Leaves (1966 on Mira 222), Love (rel. 4-66), Byrds (5-17-66), Tim Rose, Jimi Hendrix, Vanilla Fudge, Frank Zappa (as "Flower Punk"), Wilson Pickett, Patti Smith et al.
The precise history and origins of this song are as cloudy and controversial as any! What is known is that William (Billy) Roberts legally copyrighted "Hey Joe" in early 1962. Whether he wrote it or not, or even just adapted it, will probably never be certain. There are claims Roberts learned it from a girlfriend or that he was taught it in a Scottish coffee shop in 1957. A mid-'50s girlfriend, Niela Miller, says she wrote a song titled "Baby Don't Go To Town" around 1954-55 which Roberts used as the melodic basis for "Hey Joe." Miller didn't copyright it though until 1964. A 1962 recording of it by her was issued in February 2009.

On-and-off Quicksilver Messenger Service singer Chet Powers (aka Dino Valenti, aka Jesse Oris Farrow) hung out with Roberts in the early-'60s NYC folk scene. Powers relocated to California, spread "Hey Joe" around the LA music community and commandeered credit for the song. It's been written that Billy assigned "Hey Joe" rights to Valenti as bail collateral, but most recordings now rightly list Roberts.

For more on "Hey Joe," see Michael Hicks' book Sixties Rock: Garage, Psychedelic, and Other Satisfactions and Jan Marius Franzen's website www.franzen.tk.

Interestingly, the promotional and commercial issues of the Leaves' single on Mira 207 are different recordings. The promo version was their first of three attempts at the song. Mira 207 lists no writing credit, going with Public Domain and assigning the publishing to the label's company. The Leaves' hit, on Mira 222, correctly has Third Story Music as the publisher but lists Valenti as writer. The Surfaris' single (titled "Hey Joe Where Are you Going" on Decca 31954) credits producer Gary Usher and the mysterious W. Hale and T. Cost, further adding to the confusion back then.

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Hey Little Girl Thurston Harris 1958
Aladdin 3450
Dee Clark (3-26-59)
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Hey Mister (aka The Most Beautiful Girl) Norro Wilson 8-7-68
Smash 2192
Charlie Rich
The melody is based on Wilson's earlier 1968 release "Mama McCluskie" (Smash 2151).

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Hey There Johnnie Ray 3-29-54
Columbia 40224
John Raitt (5-16-54), Rosemary Clooney (5-22-54)
The song was introduced in the stage play The Pajama Game, sung by John Raitt. His version, part of the original cast recording, wasn't done until six weeks after Ray's.

Hi-De-Ho see That Old Sweet Roll (Hi-De-Ho)
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High Flying Bird Judy Henske 1963
Elektra 45007
Jefferson Airplane, Billy Edd Wheeler, H.P. Lovecraft, Richie Havens, Zephyr, Neil Young
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Higher & Higher, (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Dells c. 2-67
on lp Cadet 804 There Is
Jackie Wilson (7-6-67), Rita Coolidge, Bette Midler
The Dells' recording was true to the song as written by Raynard Miner and Billy Davis. It was, as the story goes, stolen from Miner's briefcase by Gary Jackson and Carl Smith, who got Jackie Wilson to record it. Wilson's 45 listed only Smith and Jackson as writers, prompting legal action from Raynard. Miner and Davis were then awarded 80 per cent of the song. Court wranglings aside, it probably wouldn't have been a hit without Smith and Jackson's input to Jackie Wilson's version.

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Hippy Hippy Shake, The Chan Romero 1959
Del-Fi 4119
Swinging Blue Jeans, Beatles, Rezillos, Georgia Satellites
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His Latest Flame (aka His Latest Flame, Marie's The Name) Del Shannon 6-21-61
on lp Big Top 1303 Runaway
Elvis Presley (6-26-61)
Written for Bobby Vee, who never recorded it.

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Hitchcock Railway Dunn & McCashen 1968
on lp Capitol ST 285 Mobius
Joe Cocker, Jose Feliciano, Mongo Santamaria
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Hokey Pokey, The Sun Valley Trio 1950
4 Star 1505
Ray Anthony, Brave Combo
The Sun Valley Trio consisted of "Hokey Pokey" writers Larry LaPrise, Charles Macak and Taft Baker. The group usually worked as the Ram Trio, but since they popularized the "Hokey Pokey" playing for the ski crowd in Sun Valley, Idaho, the name change was (temporarily) made.

Hold Back The Night see Scrub-Board
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Hold Me (aka Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me) Noble & King 1951
UK Parlophone R 3432
Karen Chander (8-15-52), Mel Carter
Noble & King were Yanks Harry Noble, Jr. and Frances King. Since their "Hold Me" seems only to have been issued in England, at least Noble (the song's writer) must've spent some time there. He was even once described as "A tall good-looking Englishman."

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Hold My Hand Hootie & Blowfish 1992
on CD Fishco (no #) Kootchypop
Hootie & Blowfish (1994 for Atlantic)
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Hold On Ian Thomas 1981
on lp Canadian Anthem 1032 The Runner
Santana
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Holding Back The Years Frantic Elevators 1982
UK No Waiting (no #)
Simply Red
The Frantic Elevators' singer/writer, Mick Hucknall, went on to form Simply Red.

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Homeward Bound Chad & Jeremy 11-26-65
on lp Columbia 2564/9364 Distant Shores
Simon & Garfunkel (12-14-65)
Despite Simon & Garfunkel's album Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. having been released in 1965, Paul Simon spent the latter half of the year touring as a solo artist in England. "I Am A Rock" was written and recorded by him then, and he offered "Homeward Bound" to Chad & Jeremy while in a London studio. Soon afterward, Simon & Garfunkel's "Sounds Of Silence" 45 took off, along with their career. Chad Stuart regretted not issuing their version of "Homeward Bound" as a single.

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Honey Bob Shane 1968
Decca 32275
Bobby Goldsboro (1-30-68), John D. Loudermilk (5-2-68), O.C. Smith
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Honey Come Back Dorsey Burnette 8-21-65
on download UMC Complete Motown Recordings 1964-1965 (2014)
Chuck Jackson (9 to 11-68), Glen Campbell (11-24-69)
Burnette signed with Motown in 1964 and issued three singles on their country-oriented Mel-O-Dy subsidiary. By the time he cut "Honey Come Back," Motown had shut down the label and the recording remained unreleased until 2014.

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Honeycomb Georgie Shaw 1953
Decca 28937
Jimmie Rodgers, Gary Morris
Hope That We Can Be Together Soon see Let's Get Together Soon
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Hot Hot Hot Arrow 1982
on ep Arrow 019 Hot Hot Hot
Buster Poindexter (aka David Johansen)
Hot Pastrami see Mashed Potatoes, (Do The)
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Hot Rod Lincoln Charley (aka Charlie) Ryan & Livingston Bros. 1953 or 1955
Souvenir 101 (1955 or 1957)
Charlie Ryan (1959 for 4 Star, 1961 for King), Johnny Bond, Commander Cody, Asleep At The Wheel, Bill Kirchen et al.
Inspired by Arkie Shibley's 1950 "Hot Rod Race" (Mountain Dew 101/Gilt-Edge 5021), Charlie wrote "Lincoln" around that same year. The opening lyric, "Well you've heard the story of the Hot Rod Race," qualifies it as an answer song of sorts. The 1953 recording date for the first "Hot Rod Lincoln" was given to me by Charlie, which may or may not have been an accurate memory of his. Other sources site 1955 for the session with an issue year of 1957.

Somewhere along the line in the '50s, Charlie changed the spelling of his name from Charley. Later in the '60s he would mention Charley Pride saying that's "One too many Charleys"(!). Beginning with his 4 Star recording, the writing credit included W. S. Stevenson, a pseudonym for label owner Bill McCall. Clearly McCall had no part in composing the song but reaped royalties from his self-imposed co-credit.

Ryan really did have a hot rod Lincoln. He combined a 1930 Model A Ford coupe and a wrecked 1948 Lincoln, doing extensive custom modifications. Even into the 21st century, Charlie and his wife Ruthie would tour in that famous car.

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Hound Dog Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton
8-13-52
Peacock 1612
Rufus Thomas (as "Bear Cat"), Freddie Bell & Bell Boys (1955 for Teen, 1957 for Mercury), Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Esther, Big Mama Thornton (1965 for Arhoolie, 1969 for Mercury)
Despite Johnny Otis' involvement in Thornton's session (as producer and drummer), composers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller (misspelled on this label!) successfully took legal action to have him removed from the writers' credits. Elvis Presley picked up the song from Las Vegas act Freddie Bell & The Bell Boys when he first played there in 1956. He used their adaptation of the lyrics, that changed it from being about a woman (Thornton) kicking a moocher out of her house to a pooch "Cryin' all the time."

Another typo on the label is drummer Leard Bell's name listed as "Bill" within "Kansas City Bill & Orch."

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House, A Car And A Wedding Ring, A Mike Preston 8-58
London 1834
Dale Hawkins (c. 9-58)
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House Of Blue Lights Freddie Slack w/ Ella Mae Morse 2-12-46
Captiol 251
Merrill Moore, Chuck Miller, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Asleep At The Wheel
House Of The Rising Sun see Rising Sun Blues
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House That Jack Built, The Thelma Jones 1968
Barry 1023
Aretha Franklin (4-17-68)
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Houston Sanford Clark 1965
Warner Bros. 5624
Lee Hazelwood, Dean Martin (7-2-65)
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How Blue Can You Get (aka Downhearted) Johnny Moore's Three Blazers 7-20-49
on lp Camden 588 Singin' The Blues (1960)
Louis Jordan, B.B. King (numerous times), Fleetwood Mac, Albert Collins
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How 'Bout Us Water Brothers Band 1975
Sky (no #)
Champaign
Writer and keyboardist Dana Walden (among others) was in both the Water Brothers Band and Champaign.

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How Do You Do It Beatles 9-4-62
on CD Capitol 34446 Anthology 1 (1995)
Gerry & Pacemakers (1-22-63)
Beatles producer George Martin championed "How Do You Do It" as the group's first single and EMI even mastered a finished version. The Beatles, who never cared for the song, really wanted an original and persuaded Martin to go with "Love Me Do" instead.

The arrangement on Gerry & The Pacemakers' hit followed the Beatles' treatment, as opposed to the song's demo.

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How Great Thou Art Bill Carle 1954
Sacred 501
George Beverly Shea, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Bill Carle (1959), Elvis Presley (1966, 1974, 1977), Statler Bros.
Based on "O Store Gud," an 1885 Swedish poem by Carl Gustav Boberg.

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How High The Moon Benny Goodman w/ Helen Forrest 2-7-40
Columbia 35391
Ella Fitzgerald, Django Reinhardt, Stan Kenton, Les Paul & Mary Ford, Sarah Vaughn, Gloria Gaynor et al.
Alfred Drake and Frances Comstock publicly premiered the song on February 8, 1940 in the Broadway review Two For The Show.

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How Long John David Souther 1972
Asylum 11009
Eagles
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Hucklebuck, The Paul Williams 12-15-48
Savoy 683
Lucky Millinder (as "D'Natural Blues," 1-3-49), Roy Milton, Lionel Hampton, Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, Chubby Checker
Williams incorporated parts of the Three Bits Of Rhythm's "This Is The Boogie The Woogie The Boogie" (1940, Decca 8572) and Charlie Parker's "Now's The Time" (1945, Savoy 573) into "The Hucklebuck." It's probable that Williams, and Lucky Millinder—who titled it "D'Natural Blues"—both purchased the song from writer Andy Gibson. Williams credited Gibson while Millinder listed himself and Henry Glover as writers.

Henry Glover, who worked for King Records in the late '40s and early 50s, had written a song for Moms Mabley titled "Boarding House Blues." It appeared in the 1948 film of that title and according to Glover, Paul Williams got a hold of the arrangement and turned it into "The Hucklebuck." A dispute ensued but Glover and Williams personally settled it between them. After his involvement with Lucky Millinder's "D'Natural Blues," Glover again used the song's basis for the Delmore Brothers' "Blues Stay Away From Me" (1949, King 803). "The Hucklebuck" certainly had a complicated backstory as well as continuing influences.

Hula Love see My Hula Hula Love
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Hurt Roy Hamilton 1954
Epic 9086
Timi Yuro, Elvis Presley, Manhattans
Hurt So Good see It Hurts So Good
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Hurting Each Other Jimmy Clanton 1965
Mala 500
Guess Who, Ruby & Romantics, Carpenters
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Hush Billy Joe Royal 7-12-67
Columbia 44277
Joe South, Deep Purple, Kula Shaker