Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Halfway to Paradise

First recorded by Tony Orlando (1961).
Hit versions by Bill Fury (UK #3 1961), Bobby Vinton (US #23 1968).
Also recorded by Nick Lowe (1977).

From the wiki: “‘Halfway to Paradise’ is a popular song, written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and originally recorded in 1961 by Tony Orlando in the United States. It was much more successful in the United Kingdom, recorded by Billy Fury where it reached a peak at #3 on the UK Singles Chart in 1961, and it remained on the UK charts for 23 weeks. ‘Halfway to Paradise’ also marked the beginning of Fury’s burst at the top of the charts that would only begin to slow down with the arrival of fellow Liverpudlian act, The Beatles. Bobby Vinton revived ‘Halfway to Paradise’ in 1968 in a mellow, more romantic version that charted in the Top 40. Nick Lowe released ‘Halfway to Paradise’ as a single in 1977, without any chart impact.”

Bill Fury, “Halfway to Paradise” (1961):

Bobby Vinton, “Halfway to Paradise” (1968):

Nick Lowe, “Halfway to Paradise” (1977):

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