Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Tagged: Bobby Helms

My Special Angel

First recorded by Sonny Land Trio (1957).
Hit versions by Bobby Helms (US #7/C&W #1/R&B #8/UK 22 1957), Malcolm Vaughn (UK #3 1957), The Vogues (US #7 1968).

From the wiki: “‘My Special Angel’ was written by Jimmy Duncan, published in 1957. (Duncan would, in the late 1960s, operate a nightclub in Houston, Texas, called ‘The Living Eye’. Nationally-known groups such as the Electric Prunes and ? and the Mysterians played there.) ‘My Special Angel’ became a crossover hit in 1957 for Bobby Helms, charting on the Billboard Hot 100, and the Country and R&B singles charts.

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