Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Queen of Hearts

First recorded by Dave Edmunds (UK #11 1979).
Also recorded by Rodney Crowell (1980).
Other hit version by Juice Newton (US #2/C&W #14/CAN #8/AUS #8 1981).

From the wiki: “‘Queen of Hearts’ is the title of a country-pop song written by Hank DeVito, the pedal steel guitarist in Emmylou Harris’ backing group The Hot Band. It was first recorded by Dave Edmunds on his 1979 album Repeat When Necessary: released as a single, it reached #11 in the UK that year.

“Following an appearance on the 1980 Rodney Crowell album, But What Will the Neighbors Think, on which composer DeVito played guitar, ‘Queen of Hearts’ had its highest profile incarnation in a version by country-rock singer Juice Newton from the 1981 album Juice. Newton would later recall: ‘I did [‘Queen of Hearts’] live for about a year…Then I brought it to [producer] Richard Landis when we started the Juice album. He wasn’t convinced at that point that it was a breakout song but I told him I think this is a real cool song … so we cut it.’

“Newton’s recording afforded her an international hit with Top-10 hit status in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and Switzerland and more moderate success in Austria, Germany and the Netherlands. For her recording of the song, Juice Newton earned Newton earned a 1982 Grammy nomination for Best Female Vocalist, Country and Western category.”

Rodney Crowell, “Queen of Hearts” (1980):

Juice Newton, “Queen of Hearts” (1981):

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