Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Reconsider Me

Co-written and first recorded (as a demo) by Margaret Lewis (1965, released 1995).
Hit versions by Johnny Adams (US #28/R&B #8 1969), Ray Pillow (C&W #38 1969), John Wesley Ryles (#39 1971), Narvel Felts (US #67/C&W #2 1975).

From the wiki: “‘Reconsider Me’ is a Country/Soul ballad written by Margaret Lewis and Mira Smith, and first recorded as a demo by Lewis in 1965. It was finally released in 1995 on the Ace Records compilation album Shreveport Stomp – Ram Records, Vol. 1.

“Johnny Adams’s 1969 version was his biggest hit, peaking at #8 on the R&B chart and #28 on the Billboard Hot 100. In the same year Ray Pillow’s country version hit #38 on the country charts. John Wesley Ryles’ cover, recorded in 1971, peaked at #39 on the country chart.

“The highest charting version was released by American country and rockabilly music artist Narvel Felts, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Country singles chart and charting #28 on the Billboard Hot 100.”

Johnny Adams, “Reconsider Me” (1969):

Ray Pillow, “Reconsider Me” (1969):

John Wesley Ryles, “Reconsider Me” (1971):

Narvel Felts, “Reconsider Me” (1975):

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