Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Misty

First recorded by The Erroll Garner Trio (1954).
Hit versions by Sarah Vaughn (US #106 1959), Johnny Mathis (US #12/R&B #10/UK #12 1959), Lloyd Price (US #21/R&B #11 1963), The Vibrations (US #63/R&B #26 1965), “Groove” Holmes (U S#44/MOR #7/R&B #12 1966), Ray Stevens (US #14/MOR #8/C&W #3/UK #2 1975).

From the wiki: “‘Misty’ was written by Errol Garner in 1954 and first recorded for his 1955 album Contrasts. The song was later paired with lyrics by Johnny Burke and became the signature song of Johnny Mathis. Garner’s recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1991; Mathis’s version of the song was inducted in 2002. The 1975 country-fied version by Ray Stevens, which peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on the Country Singles chart, won a Grammy in the category of Music Arrangement of the Year.

“Covers of ‘Misty’ in the 1960s were recorded with varying degrees of success by Lloyd Price (‘Lawdy Miss Clawdy‘, ‘Personality’), The Vibrations (‘Stranded in the Jungle‘, ‘My Girl Sloopy‘) and ‘Groove’ Holmes.”

Erroll Garner, “Misty” live Belgian TV performance (1963):

Sarah Vaughn, “Misty” (1959):

Johnny Mathis, “Misty” (1959):

Lloyd Price, “Misty” (1963):

The Vibrations, “Misty” (1965):

“Groove” Holmes, “Misty” (1966):

Ray Stevens, “Misty” (1975):

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