Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Summer Wine

First recorded by Lee Hazelwood & Suzi Jane Hokom (1966).
Hit version by Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood (US #49/AUS #14 1967), Ville Valo & Natalia Avelon (GER 2007).

From the wiki: “‘Summer Wine’ was written by Lee Hazlewood. It was originally sung in 1966 by Hazelwood and Suzi Jane Hokom, but it was made famous in 1967 by Hazelwood in duet with Nancy Sinatra, the first of a string of popular duets by Hazelwood and Sinatra. The song has since been covered by the likes of Demis Roussos with Nancy Boyd, Bono of U2 with The Corrs, and others.

“The Nancy & Lee version was originally released on Sinatra’s Nancy in London album in late 1966 and later as the B-side of her ‘Sugar Town’ hit single in December 1966. ‘Summer Wine’ itself became a hit, reaching #49 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in April 1967.

“A cover version by Ville Valo & Natalia Avelon, recorded for the soundtrack of Das Wilde Leben (Eight Miles High), was the 4th best-selling single of 2007 in Germany.”

Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood, “Summer Wine” (1967):

Ville Valo & Natalia Avelon, “Summer Wine” (2007):

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