The Original That Became a Hit Because of a Remake.

So, getting back to Groovin’ With Mr. Bloe: if you were to listen to both that song and Make Believe, you will notice that they sound nothing alike. After all, Groovin’ With Mr. Bloe was just there to take space. A funny thing happened in the UK, however. A DJ for the BBC played the wrong side of the record. It was heard by an someone with Dick James Music. He wanted to release it but he could not get the rights, so he put a studio group together and recored it. That version made it to number 2 on July 4, 1970 and spent 18 weeks on the UK charts.

Meanwhile, back in the States, the producers of the original version thought, after hearing about the UK hit, “Hey, we may have something here,” and released the original as a single in August 1970 — this time credited to a groups called Cool Heat.

It only made it to 89 on the charts, but that is enough of a hit that I guess the producers got their money’s worth.

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