Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Read ‘Em and Weep

First recorded by Meat Loaf (1981).
Hit version by Barry Manilow (US #18/MOR #1 1983).

From the wiki: “‘Read ‘Em and Weep’ is a rock music song composed by Jim Steinman. Originally written for Meat Loaf and recorded for his 1981 album, Dead Ringer, it did not become a hit until late-1983, when a slightly rewritten cover version was recorded by Barry Manilow. The Manilow version reached #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.”

Barry Manilow, “Read ‘Em and Weep” (1983):

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