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I Ain't Got Nobody Much (aka I Ain't Got Nobody) Marion Harris 8-9-16
Victor 18133
Marion Harris (1920 for Columbia, 1922 for Brunswick), Ted Lewis, Louis Prima, David Lee Roth
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I Ain't Got Time Anymore Cliff Richard 3-70
Monument 1229
Glass Bottle
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I Ain't Got You Jimmy Reed 7-18-55
on lp Vee Jay 1022 Found Love (1960)
Billy Boy Arnold (10-55, 1995), Yardbirds, Aerosmith, Sugar Blue, Blues Bros.
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I Ain't Living Long Like This Gary Stewart 9-76
RCA 10957
Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings
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I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow (aka Man Of Constant Sorrow) Emry Arthur 1-17-28
Vocalion 5208
Emry Arthur (6-31 for Paramount), Stanley Bros., Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Ginger Baker, Rod Stewart, Soggy Bottom Boys et al.
The song, written as "Farewell Song" around 1913 by banjoist Dick Burnett—a blind neighbor of Arthur's, was based on an old hymn titled "The White Rose."

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I Am A Rock Paul Simon 6-17-65
on lp UK CBS 62579 Paul Simon Song Book
Simon & Garfunkel (12-14-65)
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I Am Still In Love (aka I'm Still In Love With You) Alton Ellis 1967
Jamaican Studio 1 2020
Sean Paul & Sasha
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I Am Woman Helen Reddy 1971
on lp Capitol 762 I DonÕt Know How To Love Him
Helen Reddy (1972, Capitol 3350), Bobbie Roy
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I Believe Jane Froman 12-23-52
Capitol 2332
Frankie Laine (1-8-53), Elvis Presley, Bachelors
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I Believe I'll Dust My Broom (aka Dust My Broom) Robert Johnson 11-23-36
Vocalion 03475
Howlin' Wolf, Elmore James, Luther Allison, Fleetwood Mac, Canned Heat, Taj Mahal, Hound Dog Taylor et al.
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I Believe In Music Mac Davis 1970
Columbia 45245
Kenny Rogers & First Edition (12-70), Mac Davis (1971, Columbia 45456), Donny Hathaway, Helen Reddy, B.J. Thomas, Gallery
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I Believe In You And Me Four Tops 1982
Casablanca 2353
Whitney Houston
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I Breathe In, I Breathe Out David Kersh 1997
on CD Curb 77905 If I Never Stop Loving You
Chris Cagle
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I Call Your Name Billy J. Kramer & Dakotas 6-27-63
Liberty 55626
Beatles (3-1-64), Mamas & Papas
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I Can Hear Music Ronettes 9-66
Philles 133
Beach Boys (10-1-68)
Following the failure (at least in the US) of Ike & Tina Turner's "River Deep—Mountain High," Phil Spector was so dejected he passed on production duty for "I Can Hear Music" to co-writer Jeff Barry.

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I Can Take Or Leave Your Loving Foundations 1967
Uni 55058
Herman's Hermits
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I Can't Hear You (No More) Betty Everett 1964
Vee Jay 599
Carole King, Helen Reddy
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I Can't Let Go Evie Sands 1965
Blue Cat 122
Hollies (2-66), Linda Ronstadt
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I Can't Quit You Baby Otis Rush 1956
Cobra 5000
Little Milton, John Lee Hooker, Led Zeppelin, Willie Dixon, John Mayall, Gov't Mule
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I Can't Stop Lovin' You Don Gibson 12-3-57
RCA Victor 7133
Ray Charles
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I Can't Stop Loving You (Though I Try) Leo Sayer 1978
on lp Warner Bros. 3200
Outlaws, Phil Collins
I Can't Stop Talking About You see Can't Stop Talking About You
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I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine Tony Martin 12-2-49
RCA Victor 20-3755
Patti Page (2-3-50), Dean Martin (3-28-50), Elvis Presley
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I Don't Know Willie Mabon c. 10-52
Parrot 1050/Chess 1531
Willie Mabon (1972 for Blues On Blues), Jimmy Witherspoon, Blues Bros.
Cripple Clarence Lofton's 1939 "I Don't Know" (Solo Art 12009, a reworking of his 1935 "Strut That Thing") is a likely influence on Mabon's song but, despite John Belushi's reference to it in the Blues Brothers' recording, it's not really the same composition.

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I Don't Know Why (I Just Do) Russ Columbo 9-3-31
Victor 22801
Bennie Krueger (9-14-31), Kate Smith (9-15-31), Wayne King (9-29-31), Linda Scott
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I Don't Need You Rick Christian 1978
Mercury 73984
Kenny Rogers
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I Don't Want To Be Right, (If Loving You Is Wrong) Emotions 1970
on CD UK Ace/Stax 138 Songs Of Innocence And Experience ...And Then Some! (2004)
Luther Ingram, Millie Jackson, Barbara Mandrell, Isaac Hayes
The Emotions' recording was scheduled for issue as an album track on the Stax subsidiary label Volt in 1972 and again the following year, but both were pulled from release.

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I Don't Want To Lose You (aka I Don't Want To Lose You Baby) Tommy Hunt 1965
Atlantic 2278
Chad & Jeremy
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I Don't Want To Talk About It Crazy Horse 1971
on lp Reprise 6438
Rod Stewart (1975, 1990), Everything But The Girl
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I Dreamed Of A Hill-Billy Heaven Eddie Dean & Frontiersmen 9-54
Sage & Sand 180
Tex Ritter
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I Feel A Song (In My Heart Again) Sandra Richardson 1971
Buddah 260
Stairsteps, Gladys Knight & Pips
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I Feel For You Prince 1979
on lp Warner Bros. 3366
Pointer Sisters, Chaka Khan
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I Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die Rag Country Joe & Fish 9-65
RAG 1001
Country Joe & Fish (11-67 for Vanguard, 1969 for Cotillion)
RAG 1001, a 7", 33 1/3 EP, was designed to be a "Talking" edition of Country Joe McDonald's magazine RAG BABY. Country Joe & The Fish had two songs on the A-side while the flip had two cuts from another San Franciscan songwriter, Peter Krug.

The song's title was inspired by Bukka White's 1940 "Fixin' To Die Blues" (Vocalion 05588).

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I Feel So Bad Chuck Willis 9-17-53
Okeh 7029
Elvis Presley, Otis Rush, Ray Charles
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I Fought The Law Crickets 5-18-59
on lp Coral 57320 In Style
Bobby Fuller Four (1964 for Exeter, 1965 for Mustang), Sonny Curtis, Clash, Sam Neely, Stray Cats, Nancy Griffith, Henry Kaiser & David Lindley
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I Found Someone Laura Branigan 1985
on lp Atlantic 81265 Hold Me
Cher
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I Found You (aka I Got You) Yvonne Fair 1-8-62
King 5594
James Brown (1964, 1965)
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I Get A Kick Out Of You Ethel Merman w/ Johnny Green & His Orch. 12-4-34
Brunswick 7342
Paul Whiteman, Leo Reisman, Frank Sinatra (1953, 1962), Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Arturo Sandoval et el.
Cole Porter wrote the song in 1931 for a Broadway show called Star Dust that never got produced. Ethel Merman then introduced "Kick" in the 1934 Broadway production Anything Goes.

There have been various lyric changes through the years, notably eliminating the references to Mrs. Lindbergh and cocaine.

I Get Evil see Don't You Lie To Me
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I Go To Rio Peter Allen 1976
A&M 1873
Pablo Cruise
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I Go To Sleep Peggy Lee 7-7-65
Capitol 5488
Applejacks, Cher, Pretenders
The song was written by the Kinks' Ray Davies, who was a fan of Peggy Lee. His group's demo has been issued.

The Applejacks' version was the first released but Lee's was recorded earlier.

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I Got Love If You Want It (aka Got Love If You Want It) Slim Harpo 3-57
Excello 2113
High Numbers (aka The Who, as "I'm The Face"), Kinks, Yardbirds, Pretty Things, Terry Knight & Pack (as "Got Love"), Johnny Winter
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I Got Rhythm Fred Rich & Orch. w/ Paul Small 10-20-30
Columbia 2328-D
Red Nichols (10-23-30), Louis Russell (10-24-30), Harold Lem (10-29-30), Ethel Waters (11-18-30), Louis Armstrong, Ethel Merman (many times), Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Happenings et al.
The song was introduced by Ethel Merman in the stage play Girl Crazy, which opened on Broadway 10-14-30. George Gershwin had written the melody some years earlier as a slow number. New lyrics from brother Ira were penned and the tempo increased for use in this production. Rich recorded it just six days after the premiere while Red Nichols, who led the pit orchestra (which included such future stars as Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and Gene Krupa!) for Girl Crazy, cut it three days later. Ethel Merman didn't formally record "I Got Rhythm" until 1947 (for Decca), followed by many more versions up through her 1979 Disco Album.

I Got You see I Found You
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I Gotta Know Cliff Richard 7-26-59 (mono)
on lp ABC-Paramount 321 Cliff Sings
Cliff Richard (stereo, 9-6-59), Elvis Presley (4-4-60)
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I Hear You Knocking Smiley Lewis 5-23-55
Imperial 5356
Gale Storm, Fats Domino, Dave Edmunds
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I Heard It Through The Grapevine Miracles 8-16-66
on CD Motown 530 960 Motown Sings Motown Treasures (1998)
Gladys Knight & Pips (6-67), Marvin Gaye, Miracles (1968), CCR, Roger
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I Just Can't Help Believing Barry Mann 2-3-68
Capitol 2217
B.J. Thomas, Elvis Presley, David Frizzell
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I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself Tommy Hunt 1962
Scepter 1236
Big Maybelle, Dusty Springfield, Dionne Warwick
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I Just Fall In Love Again Carpenters 1977
on lp A&M 4703 Passage
Anne Murray
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I Knew You When Wade Flemons 1964
Vee Jay 614
Billy Joe Royal (c. 7-65)
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I Know I'll Never Love This Way Again (aka I'll Never Love This Way Again) Richard Kerr 1978
A&M 2099
Cheryl Ladd, Dionne Warwick
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I Know You Rider Joan Baez 1960 (summer)
on CD Vanguard 79594 Joan Baez (2001)
Tossi Aaron (1961), Judy Henske, Kingston Trio (as "Rider"), Grateful Dead, Big Brother & Holding Co., Hot Tuna, String Cheese Incident et al.
Tossi Aaron was taught the song by Bob Coltman, who'd picked it up from the 1934 Alan & John Lomax songbook American Ballads & Folksongs. She must've passed it on to Joan Baez before cutting her own version.

Joan's recording first appeared on a reissue CD of her debut (self-titled) album.

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I Like It (I Like It Like That) Pete Rodriguez 1966
on lp Alegre 8550 I Like It Like That
Blackout Allstars, Tito Nieves
Rodriguez's version was also issued as a single (Alegre 4010) in 1967.

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I Like Your Kind Of Love Melvin Endsley 12-18-56
RCA Vcitor 6891
Andy Williams
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I Love Rock 'N' Roll Arrows 1975 (early)
UK Rak 205
Joan Jett (1979, 1981), Britney Spears
The Arrows' original was a designated 45 b-side and they subsequently re-cut it as an a-side, with both versions issued on Rak 205.

At the time, Jett's 1979 version was only issued on a European 45 B-side (Vertigo 6198 264). Of course it was her 1981 recording that brought fame to the song.

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I Love You Zombies 7-8-65
Parrot 9786
People (11-67)
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I Love You Because Leon Payne 8-11-49
Capitol 40238
Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Leon Payne (1963 for Starday), Al Martino, Carl Smith
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I Love You Drops Bill Anderson 12-3-64
Decca 31890
Vic Dana
I Love You For Sentimental Reasons see Sentimental Reasons
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I Made It Through The Rain Gerard Kenny 1979
on lp RCA 3424 Made It Through The Rain
Barry Manilow
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I May Never Get To Heaven Don Gibson 1-3-60
RCA Victor 7690
Wanda Jackson, Narvel Felts, Conway Twitty
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I Miss You So Cats & The Fiddle 12-7-39
Bluebird 8429
Chris Connor, Paul Anka, Little Anthony & Imperials
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I Need Your Lovin' Clarence Paul 1959
Hanover 4519
Roy Hamilton
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I Never Promised You A Rose Garden (aka Rose Garden) Billy Joe Royal 7-67
on lp Columbia 2781/9581 Featuring Hush
Dobie Gray, Joe South, Lynn Anderson, Kon Kan, k.d. lang
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I Only Have Eyes For You Dick Powell 1933
on CD Rhino 72907 Hollywood's Best: '30s (1997)
Frank Sinatra, Flamingos, Swallows, Lettermen, Jerry Butler, Art Garfunkel
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I Promise (aka I Promise To Remember) Jimmy Castor & Juniors 5-56
Wing 90078
Frankie Lymon & Teenagers, Jimmy Castor Bunch (1972 for RCA)
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I Put A Spell On You Screamin' Jay Hawkins 11-9-55
Collectables COL 1068 (1984)
Screamin' Jay Hawkins (9-12-56 for Okeh, plus many other times), Nina Simone, Alan Price Set, CCR, Arthur Brown, Annie Lennox
Hawkins cut his original for the tiny Philadelphia label Grand, but it remained unissued until the '80s.

Grand Records co-owner Herbert Slotkin is generally, but not always, listed as co-writer.

Hawkins' 1956 version was also issued on Collectables 1068, but that one had simply a "C" prefix.

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I Really Don't Want To Know Eddy Arnold 10-23-53
RCA Victor 5525
Les Paul & Mary Ford (2-22-54), Tommy Edwards, Solomon Burke, Esther Phillips, Ronnie Dove, Elvis Presley
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I Remember You Dorothy Lamour 1941
on lp Hollywood Soundstage 405 The Fleet's In ost (1970s?)
Jimmy Dorsey (12-10-41), Harry James, Frank Ifield
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I Rise, I Fall Rick Nelson 7-30-63
on lp Decca 74479 Sings "For You"
Johnny Tillotson (2-12-64)
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I Sold My Heart To The Junkman Basin Street Boys c. 6-46
Exclusive 225
Etta Jones, Blue-Belles (Starlets)
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I Take What I Want Sam & Dave 7-27-65
Stax 175
James & Bobby Purify
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I Understand Just How You Feel (aka I Understand) Four Tunes 9-11-53
Jubilee 5132
G-Clefs
The melody is based on "Auld Lange Syne."

It was first titled "I Understand" but member/composer Pat Best had previously written a song with that title, also for the Four Tunes (Manor 1093, 1947). The 1953 title was modified to differentiate it from the earlier record.

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I Wanna Be Your Man Rolling Stones 10-7-63
London 9641/9657
Beatles (9-12 and 10-3 & 23-63)
As the flip of "Stoned" and then "Not Fade Away," this wasn't really a US hit for the Stones, but any Lennon-McCartney composition the Beatles didn't cut first is worth noting. A chance meeting of Lennon and McCartney with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in September, 1963 led to the two Beatles visiting the Stones at a studio rehearsal. John and Paul had begun "I Wanna Be Your Man" as a song that could feature Ringo and offered it to them. The Stones were interested so Lennon and McCartney supposedly completed the tune on the spot. Soon after, the Beatles began their sessions for the song but didn't finish a version until after Mick & company had cut theirs.

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I Wanna Go Back Billy Satellite 1984
Capitol 5409
Eddie Money
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I Wanna Go Home (aka Detroit City) Billy Grammer 9-12-62
Decca 31449
Bobby Bare (4-18-63), Tom Jones
Billy Grammer cut a demo of the song for writers Tillis and Dill, then Decca decided to issue it. This was the recording Bobby Bare heard and learned the song from.

I Want My Mama see Mamãe Eu Quero!
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I Want Some Of Your Pie (aka Custard Pie) Blind Boy Fuller 7-12-39
Vocalion 05030/Columbia 30060
Led Zeppelin
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I Want You To Want Me Cheap Trick 1977
on lp Epic 34884 In Color
Cheap Trick (1978 on Epic 50625/50680)
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I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water Stonewall Jackson 5-5-64
Columbia 43197
Johnny Rivers
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I Will Always Love You Dolly Parton 6-13-73
RCA 0234
Dolly Parton (1982, RCA 13260), Whitney Houston, Melissa Etheridge
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I Will Follow Him Petula Clark 1962
Laurie 3156
Little Peggy March (1-7-63)
Clark had a 1962 hit in France titled "Chariot" (Vogue EPL 8000) and "I Will Follow Him" used the same melody, with new lyrics. Co-writer Del Roma was a pseudonym for composer/conductor Paul Mauriat. "Chariot" had first been done by Franck Pourcel as an instrumental in 1961. Another co-writer's name, J.W. Stole, was Pourcel's pseudonym.

"Chariot" by Rhet Stoller (UK Decca 11302) is a different song.

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I Will Serenade You (aka Let Me Serenade You) Rhinoceros 1968
Elektra 45640
3 Dog Night
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I Wish I Knew (aka I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free) Billy Taylor 11-12-63
on lp Capitol 2039 Right Here, Right Now!
Nina Simone, Solomon Burke, Billy Taylor (1967 for Tower , 1977 for West, 1996 for Arkadia Jazz), Derek Trucks, Levon Helm, John Legend
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I Wish You Love Keely Smith 4-26-55
Capitol 3445
Keely Smith (11-14-57 on lp Capitol 914 I Wish You Love), Gloria Lynne, Jonathan Richman
Based on the 1946 French song "Que Reste-t-il de nos Amours."

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I Wish You Would Billy Boy (Arnold) 5-5-55
Vee Jay 146
Yardbirds, Billy Boy Arnold (1993 for Alligator)
Arnold had done session work with Bo Diddley, whose "Diddley Daddy" (Checker 819) riff was used for "I Wish You Would."

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I Won't Last A Day Without You Paul Williams 1972
A&M 1409
Carpenters, Al Wilson
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I Write The Songs Captain & Tennille 1975 (early)
on lp A&M 3405 Love Will Keep Us Together
David Cassidy, Barry Manilow
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I'd Rather Go Blind Etta James 8-23-67
Cadet 5578
Chicken Shack, Rod Stewart, Koko Taylor, Sydney Youngblood, Beyoncé
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I'd Rather Leave When I'm In Love Carole Bayer Sager 1977
on lp Elektra 7E 1100
Peter Allen, Rita Coolidge, Stephanie J. Block
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I'll Be There Bobby Darin 7-22-59
Atco 6167
Gerry & The Pacemakers
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I'll Bet You Theresa Lindsey 1966
Golden World 43
Funkadelic, Jean Carter, Jackson 5, Billy Butler
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I'll Drown In My Tears (aka Drown In My Own Tears) Sonny Thompson w/ Lula Reed 12-14-51
King 4527
Ray Charles, Dinah Washington, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Winter, Janis Joplin, Smithereens, Saffire
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I'll Hold Out My Hand Evie Sands 1969
A&M 1026
Clique
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I'll Never Fall In Love Again Jill O'Hara & Jerry Orbach
1968   on lp UA 9902 Promises, Promises cast
Ella Fitzgerald (5-69), Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick
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I'll Never Fall In Love Again Lonnie Donegan 2-62
UK Pye 7N 15446
Tom Jones
The melody was adapted from Vernon Dalhart's 1928 "Wanderin" (Columbia 1585D), probably via Sammy Kaye's 1949 arrangement (RCA Victor 3680).

I'll Never Love This Way Again see I Know I'll Never Love This Way Again
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I'm A Fool Rick Nelson 9-17-64
on lp Decca 4608 Spotlight On Rick
Astronauts (9-24-64), Dino, Desi & Billy
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I'm A Fool To Care Ted Daffan's Texans 4-25-40
Okeh 05573/Vocalion 05573
Les Paul & Mary Ford, Joe Barry, Ray Charles, Ringo Starr
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I'm A King Bee Slim Harpo 3-57
Excello 2113
Rolling Stones, Muddy Waters
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I'm A Man Bo Diddley 3-2-55
Checker 814
Muddy Waters (as "Mannish Boy"), Yardbirds
"I'm A Man" was the B-side to Bo's first single "Bo Diddley." The same two tracks were reissued in 1961 on Checker 997.

I'm A train see Chaine, La
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I'm A Woman Christine Kittrell 1962
Vee Jay 444
Peggy Lee (11-14-62), Jim Kweskin's Jug Band, Coasters (1967 as "She Can," reissued in 1972 as "Talkin' 'Bout Woman"), Maria Muldaur
The song was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller (note the mangling of their names on Kittrell's record) in response to Bo Diddley's "I'm A Man" and Muddy Waters' "Mannish Boy." They also rewrote the lyrics for the Coasters' versions.

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I'm All Shook Up (aka All Shook Up) David Hill 11-7-56
Aladdin 3359
Elvis Presley (1-12-57), Jeff Beck, Suzi Quatro, Otis Blackwell, Ry Cooder, Billy Joel, Kris Kristofferson, Jon Spencer, Paul McCartney
Writer Otis Blackwell was a busy guy in the mid '50s penning, among others, "Don't Be Cruel," "Fever," "Handy Man" and "Great Balls Of Fire." He was forced/talked into sharing writing credit with Elvis Presley (who admittedly never composed anything), and Elvis' publisher, for "Don't Be Cruel" and subsequently "All Shook Up." Blackwell is the sole writer listed on Hill's early pressings, likely done before the co-credit deal was finalized. Later issues (particularly the 45s) have E. Presley as co-writer.

David Hill became a songwriter, under his real name David Hess, and coincidently penned the Elvis Presley hit "I Got Stung."

"All Shook Up" by Vicki Young (Capitol 3425) is a different song.

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I'm Available Dave Burgess 1957
Challenge 1008
Margie Rayburn
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I'm Coming Home Johnny Mathis 1973
Columbia 45908
Spinners
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I'm Gonna Be A Diamond Someday (aka I'm Just An Old Chunk Of Coal) Bobby Bare c. 1977
on lp RCA 3422 Honky Tonkin' (1979)
Johnny Cash (1979, 1980, 1993), Billy Joe Shaver, John Anderson, Lewis Family
Writer Billy Joe Shaver penned this as a metaphor for his transformation from a life of drugs to being a born-again Christian.

Bobby Bare's original was the only one to use the title "I'm Gonna Be A Diamond Someday."

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I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Some Day Bobby Mitchell 9-26-57
Imperial 5475
Fats Domino (6-14-58)
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I'm Gonna Be Strong Frankie Laine 7-2-63
Columbia 42843/42884
Gene Pitney, Blue Angel, Cyndi Lauper
For some inexplicable reason, Laine released two very similar recordings (most likely just different vocal takes) of this, one right after the other.

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I'm Gonna Get Along Without You (aka Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now) Roy Hogsed 6-19-51
Capitol 1854
Teresa Brewer, Bell Sisters (as "Boom Boom, My Honey"), Patience & Prudence, Skeeter Davis, Tracey Dey
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I'm Gonna Knock On Your Door Isley Bros. 4-30-59
RCA Victor 7537
Mike Russo, Eddie Hodges
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I'm Gonna Make You Love Me Dee Dee Warwick 10-66
Mercury 72638
Madeline Bell, Supremes & Temptations
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I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter Fats Waller 5-8-35
Victor 25044
Billy Williams
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I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down Ann Peebles 1972
Hi 2232
Paul Young
Hazel Meyers' 1924 record of the same title (Emerson 10748) is a different song.

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I'm Gonna Walk Away From Love (aka Walk Away From Love) Choice Four 1975
on lp RCA Victor 0913
David Ruffin
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I'm Henry The VIII Harry Champion 1-1911
UK Columbia 1621
Harry Champion (2-11 for UK Beka, 5-11 for UK Homophone), Joe Brown, Herman's Hermits
Joe Brown's 1961 recording was likely the model for Herman's Hermits' hit.

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I'm Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail Taylor & Davis w/ Cumberland Ridge Runners 3-34
Perfect 13023
Blue Sky Boys (6-16-36), Hank Snow, Everly Bros., Johnny Cash, Jerry Garcia, Billie Joe Armstrong & Norah Jones
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I'm In The Mood For Love Little Jack Little 6-28-35
Columbia 3069
Frances Langford (7-31-35, 1939), Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Chimes
Introduced by Langford in the 1935 film Every Night At Eight, but her commercially-issued version followed Little's.

I'm Just An Old Chunk Of Coal see I'm Gonna Be A Diamond Someday
I'm Leaving It Up To You see Leavin' It All Up To You
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I'm No Angel Bill Medley 1982
Planet 13425
Gregg Allman
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I'm Not Your Stepping Stone Paul Revere & Raiders 1-4-66
on lp Columbia 2508/9308 Midnight Ride
W.C. Fields Memorial Electric String Band (2-66), Monkees (7-26-66), Sex Pistols, Minor Threat
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I'm Shakin' Little Willie John 12-23-59
King 5342
Blasters, Jack White
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I'm So Glad Skip James 2-31
Paramount 13098
Skip James (1965 for Vanguard), Cream (1966, 1968), Scot Richard Case
James was reportedly inspired to write this as a response to Lonnie Johnson's 1928 "I'm So Tired Of Living Alone" (Okeh 8677).

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I'm Sorry Bobby Wayne 1952
Mercury 5847
Platters
I'm Still In Love With You see I Am Still In Love
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I'm Sure Going To Miss Her (aka Sure Gonna Miss Her) Chellows 1965
Hit 187
Gary Lewis & Playboys (10-6-65), Bobby Russell (1968 for Elf)
The Hit label, based in Nashville, mostly issued sound-alikes of contemporary pop songs such as the Beagles' "Can't Buy Me Love" (Hit 113). For whatever reason, they occasionally issued an original recording. In this case, one by Bobby Russell, whose writing credits include "The Joker Went Wild," "Little Green Apples," "Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia" and "Honey." Russell happened to be one of the vocalists used regularly for Hit recordings. "I'm Sure Going To Miss Her" was the flip of the Chellows' take on the 4 Seasons' hit "Bye, Bye Baby."

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I'm Wise (aka Slippin' And Slidin') Eddie Bo 1955
Apollo 486
Little Richard (1956, 1964, 1965), Buddy Holly, Eddie Bo (1962 as "Baby I'm Wise" for Ric), Johnny Winter, John Lennon
Al Collins' "I Got The Blues For You" (Ace 500, 1954) has elements of this tune, but "I'm Wise" incorporates the lyric angle and an even closer melody of the future Little Richard hit. I'd call Bo's the original and Collins' an influence.

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I'm Your Puppet Dan Penn 1965
MGM 13415
James & Bobby Purify
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I've Been Everywhere Lucky Starr 1962
Aussie Festival FK 205
Lucky Starr (1962 for Big Top, 1963 for Dot), Hank Snow (6-27-62), Johnny Cash
Starr's original named various Australian places while the U.S. & U.K. releases used locales from their respective countries. Geoff Mack wrote both the Aussie and US lyrics, The Big Top (3123) and Dot (16506) singles were different takes.

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I've Been Hurt Ray Whitley 1965
Dunhill 201
Tams, Sensational Epics, Bill Deal & Rhondells
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I've Done Everything For You Sammy Hagar 1978
Captiol 4596
Rick Springfield
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I've Got A Thing About You Baby Tony Joe White 1972
on lp Warner Bros. 2580 The Train I'm On
Billy Lee Riley, Elvis Presley
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I've Got Five Dollars And It's Saturday Night Ted Daffan & His Texans w/ Jerry Elliott 1-29-50
Columbia 20679
Jesse Rogers (c. 6-50), Faron Young, George (Jones) & Gene (Pitney)
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I've Got My Mind Set On You (aka Got My Mind Set On You) James Ray 1962
Dynamic Sound 503
George Harrison
Ray's 45 was an edit (only 1:49 long!) of his album version (Caprice 1002, self-titled).

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I've Got The World On A String Cab Calloway 11-9-32
Brunswick 6424
Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Stan Kenton, Mel Tormé, Louis Prima, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughn, Peggy Lee et al.
The song was introduced by Aida Ward, backed by CallowayÕs band, in the Cotton Club Parade of 1932. Cab & his orchestra were the first to record it though.

I've Got To Use My Imagination see Imagination, (I've Got To Use My
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I've Gotta Be Me Steve Lawrence 1967
Calendar 1001
Sammy Davis, Jr. (3-4-68)
Lawrence's version is from the original cast recording of Golden Rainbow.

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I've Lost You Matthews' Southern Comfort
1969    on lp Decca 75191
Elvis Presley (6-4-70)
Ian Matthews left Fairport Convention in early 1969 to pursue a solo career. He took on the management team of Ken Howard and Alan Blaikely, who wrote "I've Lost You." Despite the album being issued under the name Matthews' Southern Comfort, it was really a solo record. Matthews kept the name, subsequently assembling a proper band and using the moniker for his next two LPs.

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I've Told Ev'ry Little Star Jack Denny w/ Paul Small 11-11-32
Victor 24183
Linda Scott
Introduced by Walter Slezak and Katherine Carrington in the 1932 Broadway show Music In The Air, but likely no recording was made. The song's melody was inspired by the singing of a finch(!).

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If Every Day Was Like Christmas Bobby (aka Red) West 1965
Brent 200
Elvis Presley (6-10-66)
Red West, who was part of Elvis Presley's inner circle (aka the Memphis Mafia), self-issued his original on a label named after his son.

If I Had A Boat see Boat Song, The
If I Had A Hammer see Hammer Song, The
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If I Loved You Bing Crosby 4-18-45
Decca 18686
Frank Sinatra (5-1-45), Jan Clayton & John Raitt (5-16-45), Chad & Jeremy
Composed for the stage play Carousel. Clayton & Raitt's was from the original cast recording but Bing's was done prior.

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If I Were A Carpenter Tim Hardin 1966
Verve Folkways 5031
Bobby Darin (8-15-66), Four Tops, Johnny Cash & June Carter, Bob Seger, Leon Russell
When Bobby Darin's version was getting popular, writer Hardin initially expressed displeasure that his vocal style had been copied. But Tim eventually admited he had coached Darin's recording!

If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don't Want To Be Right see I Don't Want To Be Right, (If Loving You Is Wrong)
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If My Friends Could See Me Now Gwen Verdon 1966
on lp Columbia 2900 Sweet Charity cast
Joseph Gershenson & Shirley MacLaine, Linda Clifford
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If Not For You Boby Dylan 8-12-70
on lp Columbia 30290 New Morning
George Harrison, Olivia Newton-John, Richie Havens
Dylan had also cut the song on May 1, 1970 and that version appeared on his 1991 Bootleg Series 1-3 set. On Dylan's Biograph box set, 7-70 is the date listed for "If Not For You" which, since he made no recordings of it that July, is probably someone's guess based on his May, June and August sessions.

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If She Knew What She Wants Jules Shear 1984
EMI America 8276
Bangles
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If You Asked Me To Patti Labelle 1988
MCA 53358
Celine Dion
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If You Can't Rock Me Strikes 12-56
Imperial 5433
Ricky Nelson
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If You Let Me Make Love To You Then Why Can't I Touch You Salvation off-Broadway cast
10-7-69   Capitol 337
Ronnie Dyson
If You Wanna Be Happy see Marry An Ugly Woman
Iko Iko see Jock-A-Mo
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Image Of Me, The Wayne Kemp 1967
JAB 9005
Conway Twitty, Flying Burrito Bros., Tom Petty
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Imagination, (I've Got To Use My) (aka I've Got To Use My Imagination) Barry Goldberg c. 8-73
Atco 6946
Martha Reeves, Gladys Knight & Pips
On the 2009 CD issue of Barry Goldberg's self-titled album, the mix of "Imagination" eliminated arranger Arif Mardin's "sweetening," primarily the chorus of backing vocals.

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Impossible Dream Richard Kiley 12-6-65
on lp Kapp 5505 Man Of La Mancha cast
Jack Jones, Hesitations, Roger Williams
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In My Dreams Dokken 1985
Elektra 69563
The Party
In My Time Of Dying see Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed
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In Other Words (aka Fly Me To The Moon) Kaye Ballard 1954
Decca 29114
Eydie Gorme, Felicia Sanders (1959), Joe Harnell (as "Fly Me To The Moon Bosa Nova"), Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Womack et al.
Introduced—but apparently not recorded—by Felicia Sanders in 1954. In response to the US space program, the song was retitled in the early '60s.

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In The Chapel In The Moonlight (aka Chapel In The Moonlight) Shep Fields 10-22-36
Bluebird 6640
Ruth Etting (12-12-36), Kitty Kallen, Bachelors, Dean Martin
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In The Middle Of A Heartache Wanda Jackson 1-6-60
on CD Bear Family 15629 Right Or Wrong (1992)
Wanda Jackson (4-20-61)
Wanda's first version, according to liner notes writer Colin Escot, was in more of a "hillbilly" style, with classic country backing. Her subsequent hit recording was modeled after Patsy Cline's sound.

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In The Mood Edgar Hayes & Orch. 2-17-38
Decca 1882
Glenn Miller (8-1-39), Ernie Fields, Bette Midler
Derived from "Tar Paper Stomp" aka "Wingy's Stomp" by Joe "Wingy" Manone under the name Barbecue Joe & His Hot Dogs (Champion 16153, 8-28-30). The "In The Mood" riff also appeared in Fletcher Henderson's "Hot And Anxious" (Columbia 2449, 1931) and "There's Rhythm In Harlem" by the Mills Blue Rhythm Band (Columbia Viva-Tonal 3071, 1935).

Credited writer Joe Garland, a sax player in Edgar Hayes's band, didn't really compose the tune but most likely, was just the first to transcribe and register it.

Indian Reservation see Pale Faced Indian
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Ink Is Black (aka Black & White) Pete Seeger 3-8-56
on lp Folkways 2453 Love Songs For Friends And Foes
Earl Robinson, Sammy Davis Jr., Greyhound, 3 Dog Night
Written by David Arkin (father of actor/singer Alan) and Earl Robinson following the Brown vs. Board Of Education Supreme Court ruling outlawing school segregation.

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Invisible Jaded Era 2003
on CD Cage 'Em 625989357022 Invisible
Ashlee Simpson
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Ira Hayes (aka The Ballad Of Ira Hayes) Peter LaFarge 1962
on lp Columbia 8595/1795 "Ira Hayes" And Other Ballads
Pete Seeger, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan
Ira Hayes, a Native American Indian, was one of the flag raisers photographed at Iwo Jima during World War II. LaFarge was inspired to write the song about him from the 1961 bio-pic The Outsider.

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Irresistible You Bobby Peterson 1960
V-Tone 214
Bobby Darin (6-19-61)
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Is Anybody Goin' To San Antone Bake Turner 4-29-69
Kapp 2075
Charlie Pride (8-2-69), Sir Douglas Quintet, Doug Sahm, Texas Tornados, Tanya Tucker
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Is It Really Over Billy Deaton 1962
Shannon 777
Jim Reeves (7-2-64)
Shannon Records was owned by Jim Reeves, who wrote the song for Deaton. Billy's went nowhere but Jim himself cut it a couple of years later, turning it into a hit.

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Is That All There Is Dan Daniels 1968 (rel. 3-68)
Epic 10297
Leslie Uggams, Peggy Lee (1-29-69), Cristina
"Is That All There Is" was inspired by Tomas Mann's short fiction piece "Disillusionment." The song was first performed by the English singer/actress Georgia Brown in 1966 for a BBC production, but no recording was made. Co-writers Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller then were unsucessfull in pitching it to Marlene Dietrich.

Dan Daniels was a NYC disc jockey when he was contacted by Epic records about narrating over a music track the label had already produced—"Is That All There Is." Leiber & Stoller protested (which was their right since the song hadn't been released by anyone yet) and Epic pulled Daniels' record from commercial distribution.

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Istanbul (Not Constantinople) Four Lads 8-12-53
Columbia 40082
They Might Be Giants, Bette Midler
"Istanbul" has musical elements similar to Irving Berlin's 1929 composition "Puttin' On The Ritz."

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It Ain't Easy Ron Davies 1970
A&M 1188
Three Dog Night, Dave Edmunds, David Bowie, Long John Baldry, Ron Davies (1973, on lp A&M 4400 U.F.O.), Detroit, Claudia Lennear, Detroit Cobras
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It Don't Matter To Me Bread 1969
on lp Elektra 74044
Bread (1970, Elektra 45701), Josh Rouse
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It Hurts So Good (aka Hurts So Good) Katie Love & Four Shades Of Black 1971
Muscle Shoals Sound 100/Scepter 12304
Millie Jackson, Susan Cadogan
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It Hurts To Be In Love Neil Sedaka 1964
on CD Razor & Tie 82968 Definitive Collection (2007)
Gene Pitney, Neil Sedaka (later 1964?)
"It Hurts To Be In Love" was written by Howard Greenfield (often Neil's writing partner) and Helen Miller, who co-wrote two other Gene Pitney recordings. Sedaka, along with his wife Leba, Toni Wine and Helen Miller, cut the song at Dick Charles Studio. Neil's label, RCA Victor, refused to consider a non-RCA studio-made recording. Another factor in its non-release at the time was Sedaka changed producers and the new one didn't want to use any previous tracks. This recording ended up being used as a "demo" to sell the song and Gene Pitney bit. His hit used the same backing track as Neil's. Before Gene's success, Neil recorded another (inferior) version that Bear Family later issued.

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It Was A Very Good Year Kingston Trio 1-16-61
on lp Capitol 1564 Goin' Places
Modern Folk Quartet, Frank Sinatra
It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels see Did God Make Honky Tonk Angels
It Won't Be Wrong see Don't Be Long
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It's A Heartache Ronnie Spector 8-16-77
Alston 3738
Bonnie Tyler, Juice Newton, Trick Pony
I've been unsuccessful in coming up with a date for Tyler's recording and will go on Spector's assertion that hers was first—at least until anyone can demonstrate otherwise. Any takers?

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It's A Man's World (aka It's A Man's Man's Man's World) James Brown 6-6-64
on CD Polydor 25714 CD Of JB (1985)
James Brown (1966 for King)
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It's All Coming Back To Me Now Pandora's Box w/ Elaine Caswell 1989
on CD Virgin 2605 Original Sin
Celine Dion
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It's All In The Game Tommy Edwards 7-13-51
MGM 11035
Dinah Shore (7-26-51),Sammy Kaye (8-1-51), Louis Armstrong (11-28-51). Tommy Edwards (1958), Cliff Richard, Four Tops, Johnny Mathis & Take 6
Based on the 1912 instrumental "Melody in A Major," composed by future US vice president Charles Dawes. Carl Sigman wrote the "Game" lyrics in 1951.

Jimmy Dorsey used the melody, with different lyrics, for his 1940 "Let Me Dream" (Decca 3311). Brother Tommy cut is as an instrumental titled simply "Melody" in 1942 (Victor 10-1045).

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It's All Over Now Valentinos 3-24-64
SAR 152
Rolling Stones (6-11-64), Bobby Womack & Bill Withers, Rod Stewart, John Anderson
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It's Getting Better Vogues 1968
on lp Reprise 6314 Turn Around, Look At Me
Leonard Nimoy, Mama Cass, Bobby Rydell
Many Bobby Rydell discographies mistakenly list his version as being on Reprise 0656 (the flip of "The Lovin' Things"). That Reprise single has "That's What I Call Livin'" instead, although Rydell did issue "It's Getting Better" in 1976, on P.I.P 6531. Whether he recorded it in the '60s remains an open question.

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It's Going To Take Some Time Carole King 9-71
on lp Ode 77013 Music
Carpenters
It's Gonna Work Out Fine see Gonna Work Out Fine
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It's In His Kiss (aka The Shoop Shoop Song) Merry Clayton 1963 (rel. 6-10-63)
Capitol 4984
Betty Everett (11-26-63), Ramona King, Kate Taylor, Cher
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It's Just A Little Bit Too Late Druids 1964
UK Parlophone 5134
Wayne Fontana & Mindbenders
There is a supposed 1963 recording of the song by Clyde McPhatter on YouTube, but it's unclear if that version has ever been issued.

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It's Late Dorsey Burnette 8-28-58
on lp UK United Artists 30312 Imperial Rockabillies Vol. 3 (1980)
Ricky Nelson (10-21-58), Shakin' Stevens
This may have been writer Burnette's demo. Dorsey's recording also appeared on the 1985 U.S. album Let's Have A Party, The Rockabilly Influence: 1950-1960 (Capitol 12455) and the liner notes make no mention of it being a demo.

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It's My Party Helen Shapiro 2-63
on lp Epic 24075/26075 A Teenager In Love
Blossoms, Leslie Gore (3-30-63), Bryan Ferry
North London teenager Helen Shapiro zipped to Nashville for some sessions during a break in her early 1963 UK tour (with a group called the Beatles opening for her!).

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It's Not Over ('Til It's Over) Chris Thompson 1986
on lp Atlantic 81665-1 The High Cost Of Living
Starship
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It's Oh So Quiet! Betty Hutton 5-10-51
RCA Victor 4179
Björk
"It's Oh So Quiet!" was an adaptation of Horst Winter's 1948 "Und jetzt ist es still" (German Austroton 8269).

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It's Only A Paper Moon Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards 1933
on CD(?) Broken Audio Early Classics: Movie Musicals 1920-1940 Vol. 2 (2011)
George Olsen (9-7-33), Hal Kemp (9-7-33), Paul Whiteman (9-11-33), Cliff Edwards (10-24-33), Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Django Reinhardt, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra
"Moon" began as "If You Believe In Me," written for an unsuccessful stage production titled The Great Magoo. It was reworked into "It's Only A Paper Moon" and first appeared in the film Take A Chance, which opened in November, 1933. The song was performed by June Knight and Buddy Rogers, as well as Ukelele Ike. While Knight & Rogers' version is on YouTube, it's not clear whether it's commercially available.

Also unclear is whether the Early Classics material was issued as a CD or is only sold as digital downloads.

Take A Chance was also a 1932 stage play but "It's Only A Paper Moon" was not part of it.

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It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday G. C. Cameron 1975
Motown 1364
Boyz II Men
Cameron's version was done for the 1975 film Cooley High.

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Ivory Tower Jack Fulton 1955
Scope 1956
Cathy Carr, Gale Storm, Charms