Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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All Alone Am I

First performed (in Greek, as “Μην τον ρωτάς τον ουρανό”) by Tzeni Karezi (1962)
First recorded (as “Don’t Ask the Sky”) by Mary Lo (1962).
Hit version (in English) by Brenda Lee (US #3/MOR #1/UK #7/AUS #10 1962).

From the wiki: “‘All Alone Am I’ was composed by the Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis and originally recorded in Greek by Tzeni (Jenny) Karezi for the soundtrack of the 1962 film To nisi ton genneon (The Island of the Brave) and titled “Μην τον ρωτάς τον ουρανό” (‘Don’t ask the sky’). Greek singer Mary Lo recorded and released her own recording of the song (in Greek) as a single in 1962.

“Later the same year, a new version of the song was produced in Nashville, TN, by Owen Bradley with English lyrics (by Arthur Altman). This arrangement was recorded by Brenda Lee for her 1962 album, All Alone Am I. ‘All Alone Am I’ was released as a promotional single in late 1962, reaching #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 while also becoming Lee’s first single to chart on the Billboard Easy Listening chart, reaching #1 in late 1962. In addition, the single reached #7 on the UK Singles chart, and peaked at #10 on the Australian singles chart.”

Mary Lo, “Don’t Ask the Sky” (1962):

Brenda Lee, “All Alone Am I” (1962):

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