Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Change the World

Originally recorded by Wynonna (Feb 1996).
Hit version by Eric Clapton (US #5/MOR #1/R&B #54/UK #18 July 1996).

From the wiki: “’Change the World’ was written by Tommy Sims, Gordon Kennedy, and Wayne Kirkpatrick. Previous to the release of Eric Clapton’s hit version, the song was recorded by Country superstar Wynonna Judd for her album Revelations, released in February 1996. Wynonna, however, did not release her version as a single despite the popularity of Clapton’s subsequent recording when it was released to radio in July 1996.

“‘Change the World’ was recorded by Eric Clapton with backing by Babyface for the soundtrack of the 1996 film Phenomenon. Released in July 1996, the song would go on to win Grammy awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year (for the songwriters), and Best Pop Vocal Performance (Male). Clapton’s recording was also chosen by the RIAA as one of the Songs of the Century, ranked at #270.”

Eric Clapton, “Change the World” (1996):

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