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"(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" is a rock song by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart. It was first recorded by Paul Revere & the Raiders and appeared on their album Midnight Ride, released in May 1966.

The song is simple musically, with a repeating verse chord progression of E minor, G major, A major and C major, and a repeating bridge in cut time of E minor, G major, A major, and G major.

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"(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone"
B-side to "I'm a Believer" by The Monkees
Released November 12, 1966
Recorded Western Recorders, Studio 1,Hollywood, July 26, 1966
Genre Rock
Label Colgems 66-1002 / RCA 1560
Writer Tommy BoyceBobby Hart
Producer Tommy BoyceBobby Hart

It is best known as a hit for The Monkees (US #20), released in November 1966, (making it the first Monkees B-side to chart).[1] Musicians featured on the Monkees recording are: Micky Dolenz (lead vocal); Tommy Boyce (backing vocal); Wayne Erwin, Gerry McGee, and Louie Shelton (guitar); Bobby Hart (organ); Larry Taylor (bass); Billy Lewis (drums); and Henry Levy (percussion).

The Monkees' version differs between the single version, stereo album version and mono album version (though all three stem from the same recording). In the stereo version, the track's title is sung just before the second verse, whereas on the single and mono album versions, this segment is left instrumental. Additionally, the stereo version has an edit in the fadeout. The mono album version does not have this edit and therefore has a longer coda. The single also does not have the edit, but it fades the song earlier than the mono album. All Monkees hits compilations through the mid-1990s used the stereo version. Since the 1995 Greatest Hits collection on Rhino Records, most collections use the single version.

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The song has been covered by many artists, such as the Liverpool FiveSex PistolsVicious White KidsJohnny ThundersThe Merton ParkasBlutgräfinMinor ThreatState of Alertthe FliesThe FarmThe Feminine ComplexD.S.-13Six Feet UnderTrashmenIntruderThe UntouchablesHi-NRG act Modern RocketryHot NastiesPer GessleLes ThugsFangW.C. Fields Memorial String Band, the Argentinian band Massacre and the UK band Scholars. It was also a hit for PJ & Duncan in 1996, when it reached number #11 on the British Singles Chart.

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