Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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I Hear You Knocking

Originally recorded by Smiley Lewis (R&B #2 1955).
Hit versions by Gale Storm (US #2 1955), Dave Edmunds (UK #1 1970 |US #4 1971).

From the wiki: “‘I Hear You Knocking’ (sometimes spelled ‘I Hear You Knockin”) is a popular rhythm and blues song with emphatic syncopation, written by Dave Bartholomew and Earl King (under the pen name Pearl King) and published in 1955. The original recording was made by Smiley Lewis, reaching #2 on the Billboard R&B singles chart in 1955.

“The song was popularized in 1955 in a cover version by Gale Storm in a recording on Dot Records, reaching #2 on the Billboard charts. A later recording by Welsh band Dave Edmunds’ Rockpile (only initial releases were also credited to the band) reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1971; in the UK it took the coveted Christmas #1 slot in 1970, topping the UK singles chart for six weeks.”

Gale Storm, “I Hear You Knocking” (1955):

Dave Edmunds’ Rockpile, “I Hear You Knocking” (1970):

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