“Ol’ 55” is a Tom Waits song released in 1973. The Eagles smoothed it out for their 1974 version.
“Go Where You Wanna Go” was written by John Phillips of the Mamas and Papas and recorded by them in 1965. The Fifth Dimension had a successful single with it in 1967. To me, the records are very similar.
“I Heard it Through the Grapevine” is such a great song it was a big hit twice – in 1967 for Gladys Knight & the Pips and in 1968 for Marvin Gaye (which was a #1). You may also remember the Creedence Clearwater Revival version and the California Raisins commercial. The first recording was actually by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles in 1966 but was not released as a single.
“It’s Gonna Work Out Fine” was originally released by Ike and Tina Turner in 1961. Ike’s spoken part was actually recorded by Mickey Baker of Mickey and Sylvia. A 1960 version by Mickey and Sylvia wasn’t released until 1990. The cover version I know best is an instrumental version by Ry Cooder (with David Lindley also on guitar) from 1978,
Steve Earle released the original version in 1986. I’m putting it here because I like the bluegrass version he did with the Del McCoury band. I found a cover by Percy Sledge who covered other country songs over the years. If you like the Earle/McCoury combination, check out The Mountain (1999) an album of original bluegrass songs written by Earle. There are also other Earle/McCoury videos on YouTube.
Percy Mayfield wrote songs for Ray Charles after his own popularity waned. “Hit the Road Jack” was a big hit for Charles in 1961. Many years later, Mayfield’s demo was released.
Percy Mayfield’s “Stranger in My Own Hometown” is from 1964. I know it best from the cover by Taj Mahal in 1993 on his fine album Dancing the Blues. Mahal has done a great job covering songs by artists not remembered much now like T-Bone Walker, Fats Domino and Mayfield.
“My Baby Thinks He’s a Train” was written by Leroy Preston and recorded by Rosanne Cash on her excellent album Seven Year Ache in 1981.
Tom Petty wrote it and recorded it in 1976. Rosanne Cash covered it on her outstanding album Seven Year Ache in 1981.