Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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A Thousand Stars

Originally recorded by The Rivileers (1954).
Hit version by Kathy Young & The Innocents (US #3/R&B #6 1960).

From the wiki: “The Rivileers were an R&B quintet who recorded for the Sol Rabinowitz’s New York City-based Baton Record label. ‘A Thousand Stars’ was the label’s first release. (The label’s most enduring hit is arguably ‘Got My Mo-Jo Working‘, first recorded by singer Ann Cole in 1957.)

“Kathy Young, from Southern California, was a teen pop singing sensation during early 1960s. At age 15, her recording of ‘A Thousand Stars’ rose to #3 on Billboard Hot 100. Her ascent to stardom began in 1960 when a producer at Indigo Records organized the Sun Valley-based band, The Innocents, and arranged for their appearance on Wink Martindale’s pop music TV show. By 1962, still a teenager, Young saw her career slowing to a standstill. So, in 1964, she traveled to London where she later married American singer-songwriter John Maus, whose stage name was John Walker – remembered as the founder of The Walker Brothers, a pop group most successful in the 1960s, particularly in the UK, between 1965-1968.”

Kathy Young & The Innocents, “A Thousand Stars” (1964):

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