Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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One Night

First recorded by Smiley Lewis (R&B #11 1956).
Also recorded by Elvis Presley (1957, released 1983).
Other hit version by Elvis Presley (US #4/R&B #10 1958).

From the wiki: “The song was written by Dave Bartholomew, Earl King (under the pseudonym ‘Pearl King’) and Anita Steiman, and was originally recorded by Smiley Lewis in 1956. His recording charted R&B Top-15 in 1956.

“Elvis Presley recorded a cover of the song with its original lyrics on January 18, 1957, but that version would not be released until 1983. Both Elvis’ manager, Colonel Tom Parker, and his record company (RCA) had reservations about the suggestive lyrics. Elvis did not give up on the song. He continued to play with it during his spare time on the movie set of Loving You, finally rewriting the lyrics that he felt were holding the song captive.

“It was Elvis himself who reworked ‘One night of sin is what I’m now paying for’ into ‘One night with you is what I’m now praying for.’ On February 23, 1957, at Radio Recorders in Los Angeles, he showed up with his new lyrics, feeling sure they would meet his label’s approval. It did. Presley’s re-worked re-recording was issued as a single in October 1958. It peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart, and Top-10 R&B.

“Trivia: The lyrics of ‘One Night’ contain a triple negative: ‘I ain’t never did no wrong.'”

Elvis Presley, “One Night of Sin” original recording (1957):

Elvis Presley, “One Night” (1958):

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