Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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I Don’t Want to Talk About It

First recorded by Crazy Horse (1972).
Hit versions by Rod Stewart (US #44/UK #1 1977 |US #46 1979 |US #2 1990), Everything But The Girl (UK #3 1988).

From the wiki: “‘I Don’t Want to Talk About It’ was written by Danny Whitten, and first recorded and released by Whitten’s band (and Neil Young’s backup group), Crazy Horse, on their 1971 eponymous album. In 1975, Rod Stewart recorded the song at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama, for his album Atlantic Crossing. In 1988, Everything but the Girl released their cover version as a single from the Idlewild album. Stewart recorded a new version of ‘I Don’t Want to Talk About It’ in 1989, for the album If We Fall in Love Tonight, that charted in the US Adult Contemporary Top-10.”

Rod Stewart, “I Don’t Want to Talk About It” (1977):

Everything But The Girl “I Don’t Want to Talk About It” (1988):

Rod Stewart, “I Don’t Want to Talk About It” (1990):

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