Who Sang It Better? by Rich Paschall
Mornin’ girl, how’d ya sleep last night?
You’re sev’ral ages older now
Oh, no, things are different now than they were before
You know love is more than kisses
The Neon Philharmonic – 1969
The Lettermen – 1971
Morning girl, where you been so long?
Your lips have got some color now
A little too much color now
Your clothes have gone from nylon to lace, somehow
Shaun Cassidy – 1976
It was a one hit wonder for The Neon Philharmonic in 1969. They achieved the big sound by using musicians from the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. The lead singer was Don Gant. It only made number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. It did somewhat better in Canada.
Although credited to the Lettermen, you are only hearing one of their singers in the 1971 cover. Jim Pike sang with the group from 1959 to 1974 and does the honors here. The Lettermen were quite successful covering the songs of others.
The Shaun Cassidy cover is his first single. It may seem strange that the teen heart-throb of the 70’s is singing different lyrics than the others. That is because he is actually singing a follow-up song from The Neon Philharmonic entitled “Morning Girl, Later.” It had the exact same melody and was meant to take the story, if you could even say there was one, a little further along. Perhaps it was felt the lyrics were a little better for the young Cassidy than the other one. He was still in high school.