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"Early in the Morning"
Single by Bobby Darin, the Rinky-Dinks
B-side"Now We're One"
RecordedApril 24, 1958
Genre Rock and roll, rockabilly
Label Atco 6121
Songwriter(s)Bobby Darin, Woody Harris
Producer(s)Dick Jacobs
Bobby Darin, the Rinky-Dinks singles chronology
" Splish Splash"
"Early in the Morning"
" Queen of the Hop"
"Early in the Morning"
Buddy Holly Early in the Morning 45.jpg
Single by Buddy Holly
from the album The Buddy Holly Story
B-side"Now We're One"
ReleasedJuly 5, 1958
RecordedJune 19, 1958
Genre Rock and roll, rockabilly
Label Coral
Producer(s) Dick Jacobs
Buddy Holly singles chronology
" Rave On"
"Early in the Morning"
" Heartbeat"

"Early in the Morning" is a song written by Bobby Darin [1] and Woody Harris.


Darin brought the song to Brunswick Records, but as he was under contract with Atco Records, a subsidiary of Atlantic Records, Brunswick released a recording of it crediting the "Ding Dongs". New York disc jockeys liked the record, and Atco soon discovered the deception. Brunswick was forced to turn over the masters to Atco, which released the record in 1958, crediting the "Rinky Dinks". [2]

Cover version

A version by Buddy Holly, [1] quickly released by Brunswick (as Coral Records 9-62006), [2] competed in the UK (Coral Q 72333) with Darin's single (London 45-HL-E.8679, crediting the Rinky-Dinks); future releases were issued under Darin's name.

Chart performance


  1. ^ a b Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 13 – Big Rock Candy Mountain: Rock 'n' Roll in the Late Fifties. [Part 3]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. University of North Texas Libraries.
  2. ^ a b "Session Notes by Dik de Heer: "Early in the Morning"". Retrieved 2010-09-03.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 145.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles, 14th Edition: 1955-2012. Record Research. p. 390.