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 duo of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil (‘Don’t Know Much‘, ‘(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration’, ‘Never Gonna Let You Go‘). The pair had originally composed ‘Here You Come Again’ in 1975 as a potential comeback hit for Brenda Lee, but Lee decided not to record it.

“Although recorded very soon after Dolly 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. Parton’s single was released in September 1977 as the title track from her 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.

“Song co-writer Barry Mann also re-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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