Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Call Me

First recorded by Petula Clark (1965).
Hit version by Chris Montez (US #22/MOR #2 1966).

From the wiki: “Petula Clark’s professional career began as an entertainer on BBC Radio during World War II. During the 1950s she started recording in French and having international success in both French and English, with such songs as ‘The Little Shoemaker’ and ‘With All My Heart’. During the 1960s she became known globally for her popular upbeat hits, including ‘Downtown’, ‘I Know a Place’, ‘Don’t Sleep in the Subway’. ‘Call Me’ first appeared as the title cut on a Petula Clark EP released in 1965 by Pye in the UK.

“Chris Montez, who had scored the hit ‘Let’s Dance’ in 1962 and subsequently dropped out of the music business, was invited to resume recording by A&M Records’ founder Herb Alpert. Alpert was unhappy when Montez began recording for A&M in his previous Chicano rock style and personally suggested Montez shift to easy listening, choosing ‘Call Me’ as the song to be Montez’s debut single in 1966 on A&M.

“Other versions of ‘Call Me’ have been recorded by Shirley Bassey, Vikki Carr, Eliane Elias, Astrud Gilberto, Peggy Lee, Trini Lopez, Mimì Bertè [Mia Martini], the New Classic Singers, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Joanie Sommers and Nancy Wilson.”

Chris Montez, “Call Me” (1966):

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