Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Marianne

First recorded (as “Mary Anne”) by Roaring Lion (1946).
Hit versions by Terry Gilkyson & The Easy Riders (US #4 1957), The Hilltoppers (US #3 1957).

From the wiki: “‘Mary Ann’ was composed by Calypso artist Roaring Lion and was popular with steelbands and revelers during a spontaneous Carnival celebration on V-J Day in Trinidad in 1945, at the end of World War II. The song was first recorded by Roaring Lion in 1946. The most popular versions were recorded by Terry Gilkyson & The Easy Riders (#4 on the Billboard Top 100) and The Hilltoppers in 1957, with the song incorrectly credited to Gilkyson (‘Memories Are Made of This’, ‘Bare Necessities’), Richard Dehr and Frank Miller.”

Terry Gilkyson & The Easy Riders, “Marianne” (1963):

The Hilltopers, “Marianne” (1957):

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