Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Set the Night to Music

First recorded by Starship (MOR #9 1987).
Hit version by Roberta Flack & Maxi Priest (US #6/MOR #2/CAN #9 1989).

From the wiki: “‘Set the Night to Music’ was written by Diane Warren (Laura Brnaigan’s ‘Solitaire‘, Aerosmith’s ‘I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing’, and the first songwriter in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 to have seven hits, all by different artists, on the singles chart at the same time). ‘Set the Night to Music’ was originally recorded by Starship for their 1987 album No Protection, was remade 1989 by Roberta Flack as a duet with Maxi Priest and reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100.”

Roberta Flack & Maxi Priest, “Set the Night to Music” (1989):

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