Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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All the Man (That) I Need

First recorded (as “All The Man I Need”) by Linda Clifford (1981).
Hit version by Whitney Houston (US #1/MOR #1/R&B #1/UK #13 1992).

From the wiki: “‘All the Man That I Need’ is a song written by American songwriters Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore with Linda Clifford in mind when they wrote the song. The song was first recorded by Clifford in 1982 as ‘All The Man I Need’, for her album I’ll Keep on Loving You. It was released it as a single, but it failed to chart.

“In 1991, Whitney Houston had a #1 multiple-chart hit with the song, recorded as ‘All The Man That I Need’, from her 1990 album, I’m Your Baby Tonight. Whitney’s version featured production from Narada Michael Walden and the single became a major worldwide hit reaching #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. ‘All The Man That I Need’ remains her fourth biggest hit in that chart.”

Whitney Houston, “All The Man That I Need” (1991):

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