Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Shambala

First single release by B.W. Stevenson (US #66 1973).
Other hit version by Three Dog Night (US #3/CAN #4 1973).

From the wiki: “‘Shambala’ was written by Daniel Moore and made famous by two almost-simultaneous releases in 1973: the lesser-known but first-released version by Moore’s songwriting partner, Texas singer-songwriter B.W. Stevenson (‘My Maria’), and the better-known but slightly later-released version by Three Dog Night. The Three Dog Night arrangement was the first to be recorded, in December 1972, and was released on May 19, 1973; Stevenson’s recording, completed in February 1973, however, was the first to be released as a single – on May 12, 1973.

“Stevenson’s version eventually peaked at #66 on the Billboard Hot 100 during its eight-week run. Stevenson’s arrangement is often regarded as Country-Pop or Country-Rock with the twang of Stevenson’s steel-string acoustic guitar, his Southern accent and an American Folk music sound that distinguished it from Three Dog Night’s Pop-Rock arrangement of ‘Shambala’ which, nonetheless, spent 16 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #3 in July 1973. In South Africa, Stevenson’s version actually charted higher, peaking at #8, compared to Three Dog Night’s #13.”

Three Dog Night, “Shambala” (1973):

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