Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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The Sweetest Thing (I’ve Ever Known)

First recorded and released (as a B-side) by Juice Newton (1975).
First A-side single release by Dottsy (C&W #86 1976).
Hit version rerecorded by Juice Newton (US #7/C&W #1 1982).

From the wiki: “‘The Sweetest thing (I’ve Ever Known)’ was originally recorded and released in 1975 on Juice Newton’s debut album, Juice Newton and Silver Spur. The 1975 version was not, however, issued as a single, although it was the B-side of two other singles. In the meantime, Dottsy (Dottsy Brodt Dwyer) recorded her version ‘The Sweetest Thing’ in 1976 and took it to #86 on the Country music charts, and used it as the title track to her album The Sweetest Thing. Newton re-recorded the song on her 1981 album, the career-launching Juice. Note: The first pressings of the Juice album featured a different arrangement of ‘The Sweetest Thing’, with a more prominent steel guitar part and no oboe. After the unexpected crossover success of ‘Angel of the Morning‘ and ‘Queen of Hearts‘, a Pop version was mixed and replaced the Country version on all future pressings of the album.”

Angel of the Morning

First recorded by Evie Sands (1967).
Also recorded by Billie Davis (UK 1967), Joya Landis (1968).
Hit versions by Merilee Rush (US #7/UK #55/CAN #1/AUS #1 1968), P.P. Arnold (UK #29 1968), Mary Mason (UK #27 1977), Guys ‘n Dolls (NETH #11 1977), Juice Newton (US #4/C&W #22/CAN #1 1981).

From the wiki: “‘Angel of the Morning’ is a popular song written by Chip Taylor (‘Wild Thing‘, ‘I Can’t Let Go‘) which was originally offered to Connie Francis. Francis turned it down because she thought that it was too risqué(!) for her career.

Queen of Hearts

First recorded by Dave Edmunds (UK #11 1979).
Also recorded by Rodney Crowell (1980).
Other hit version by Juice Newton (US #2/C&W #14/CAN #8/AUS #8 1981).

From the wiki: “‘Queen of Hearts’ is the title of a country-pop song written by Hank DeVito, the pedal steel guitarist in Emmylou Harris’ backing group The Hot Band. It was first recorded by Dave Edmunds on his 1979 album Repeat When Necessary: released as a single it reached #11 in the UK that year.

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