Albums, to Dave Marsh’s way of thinking, were “singles separated by varying amounts of filler.” Sometimes the filler would eventually become a hit, and once in a while it would become a hit for someone else entirely. Archetype: Philadelphia singer Nella Dodds, who in October 1964 put out a cover of the Supremes’ “Come See About Me,” a track from the Where Did Our Love Go LP. The timing would have been perfect: Motown had only just released “Baby Love” in September. But somehow Berry Gordy got wind of this scheme, and he ordered up a quick 45 release of “Come See About Me.” Both versions hit Billboard the same week; but the Supremes went on to collect their third consecutive Number One, while Nella was stranded at #74.
The New Haven, Connecticut-based band Tension, recording for the Poison Ring (!) label out of nearby Wallingford, didn’t go anywhere with the track they found on The Chicago Transit Authority, but Chicago, at least, didn’t stomp on them; in fact, Chicago wouldn’t put out their single until well into the run of the Chicago II album. So Tension had a chance, but it didn’t happen for them:
There was yet another cover of “Does Anybody…,” by Copper N’ Brass out of Louisville, on a Shelby Singleton label called Amazon. It approached, but did not reach, the Hot 100; but it, too, was released long before Chicago’s own version was put on a 45.