Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Here You Come Again

First recorded (as a demo) by Barry Mann (1977).
First released by B.J. Thomas (1977).
Hit version by Dolly Parton (US #3/C&W #1/CAN #7 1977).

From the wiki: “‘Here You Come Again’ is a rare example of a Dolly Parton success that she did not write herself; it was composed by the songwriting team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. The songwriting duo (‘Don’t Know Much‘, ‘(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration’, ‘Never Gonna Let You Go‘) originally composed ‘Here You Come Again’ in 1975 as a potential comeback hit for Brenda Lee, but Lee decided not to record it.

“The single was released in September 1977 as the title track from Parton’s album Here You Come Again, and was the centerpiece of Parton’s now-famous pop crossover move in the late-1970s. Her recording would also earn Parton the Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal (Female) in 1979.

“Although recorded very soon after Parton’s session, B.J. Thomas’ version of ‘Here You Come Again’ was the first to appear in store racks on his 1977 album, B.J. Thomas, but it was not released as a single. Song co-writer Barry Mann also recorded ‘Here You Come Again’ for his 2000 album compilation, Soul and Inspiration.”

B.J. Thomas, “Here You Come Again” (1977):

Dolly Parton, “Here You Come Again” (1977):

Barry Mann, “Here You Come Again” (2000):

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