Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Don’t Turn Around

First recorded by Tina Turner (1986).
Hit versions by Luther Ingram (R&B #55 1987), Aswad (R&B #45/UK #1 1988), Neil Diamond (MOR #20 1992), Ace of Base (US #4/UK #5 1994).

From the wiki: “‘Don’t Turn Around’ was written by Diane Warren (‘Because You Loved Me’) and Albert Hammond (‘The Air That I Breathe‘, ‘To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before‘). It was originally recorded by Tina Turner as the B-side to the single “Typical Male” in 1986. Warren is said to have been disappointed that Turner’s record company treated the song only as a B-side single but never including it on any of Turner’s albums.

“Soul singer Luther Ingram had a US Billboard R&B chart with his 1987 interpretation. Aswad heard Ingram’s version and recorded a cover, taking the song to #1 on the UK Singles Chart in 1988. In 1992, Neil Diamond recorded a version of ‘Don’t Turn Around’ which made the Top 20 on the US Adult Contemporary chart. Two years later, in spring 1994, Swedish pop group Ace of Base took a minor key version of the song to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and to #5 on the UK Singles Chart.”

Luther Ingram, “Don’t Turn Around” (1987):

Aswad, “Don’t Turn Around” (1988):

Neil Diamond, “Don’t Turn Around” (1992):

Ace of Base, “Don’t Turn Around” (1994):

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