Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Tagged: Karla Bonoff

Personally

First recorded by Paul Kelly (1973).
Hit versions by Jackie Moore (R&B #92 1978), Karla Bonoff (US #19/MOR #3 1982), Ronnie McDowell (C&W #10 1983).

From the wiki: “‘Personally’ was first recorded in 1973 by its composer Paul Kelly, with Gene Page producing. However, the track was not released at that time. Kelly re-recorded the song in 1993 for the album Gonna Stick and Stay (see above).

“The first released version of ‘Personally’ was recorded in 1978 by R&B singer Jackie Moore, best-known for her gold single 1970 song ‘Precious, Precious’ (#30, 1971). Moore’s single, ‘Personally’, peaked at a disappointing #92 on the R&B chart, not even charting on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was later covered in 1982 by Karla Bonoff (‘Tell Me Why‘, ‘All My Life‘) and charted in the US Top 20. A 1983 cover by country singer Ronnie McDowell charted Top 10 on the US Country singles chart.”

All My Life

Written and first recorded by Karla Bonoff (1988).
Hit version by Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville (US #11/MOR #1 1990).

From the wiki: “‘All My Life’ is a song written by Karla Bonoff and first recorded by for the 1988 album New World. In 1989, it would be recorded as a duet by Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville for Ronstadt’s Triple Platinum-certified 1989 album Cry Like A Rainstorm, Howl Like The Wind, and released as a single in January 1990. It marked the second collaboration between Ronstadt and Neville, and ‘All My Life’ was one of three Bonoff-composed songs Ronstadt recorded for the album.

Tell Me Why

Written and first recorded by Karla Bonoff (1988).
Hit version by Wynonna Judd (US #77/C&W #3/CAN #3 1993).

From the wiki: “Early in her career, Karla Bonoff sang background vocals for Linda Ronstadt and Wendy Waldman before releasing her own debut album in 1977, titled Karla Bonoff. In 1982, Bonoff reached the Top 40 with her song ‘Personally’.

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