"Early in the Morning" is a song written by Bobby Darin and Woody Harris. Darin approached Brunswick Records with it; Brunswick was impressed, but as Darin was still under contract to Atlantic Records' subsidiary, Atco, the song was released as by "The Ding Dongs". New York deejays liked the record and Atco soon discovered the deception. Brunswick was forced to turn over the masters to Atco, who released the record in 1958 under the name "The Rinky Dinks". A version by Buddy Holly, rush-released by Brunswick as Coral Records 9-62006, competed in the UK with Darin's single, which was released under Darin's own name.
1958 release by Buddy Holly as a Coral 45 single, 9-62006.