Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Saving All My Love for You

First recorded by Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. (1978).
Hit version by Whitney Houston (US #1/R&B #1/UK #1 1985).

From the wiki: “‘Saving All My Love for You’ is a song written by Michael Masser (‘The Greatest Love of All‘) and Gerry Goffin (‘Take Good Care of My Baby‘, ‘(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman‘, ‘Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You‘) with arrangement by Gene Page (Love Unlimited Orchestra). It was originally recorded by former 5th Dimension-aires Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. in 1978 for their album Marilyn & Billy.

“The chart-topping cover of the song was recorded by Whitney Houston for her debut, self-titled album released in 1985, on Arista Records. According to, Whitney’s mother, Cissy Houston, a very religious woman, was unsure of her daughter singing about adultery. Eventually, Whitney agreed to do the song. Houston earned her first Grammy Award with the song, for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (1986).”

Whitney Houston, “Saving All My Love for You” (1985):