Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Tagged: Merseybeats

Wishin’ and Hopin’

First recorded by Dionne Warwick (FRA #39 1963).
Also recorded by The (UK) Eagles (1964).
Hit versions by The Merseybeats (UK #13 1964), Dusty Springfield (US #6 1964).

From the wiki: “Wishin’ and Hopin” was written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach, and was first recorded by Dionne Warwick as the B-side of her 1963 single ‘This Empty Place’ and for her debut album, Presenting Dionne Warwick. The single charted only in France, peaking at #39, but it was the recording Dusty Springfield heard and which prompted her to complete her own version in 1964. The track was included on Springfield’s solo album debuts in the UK (A Girl Called Dusty) and the US (Stay Awhile/I Only Want to Be with You). It was Bacharach himself who encouraged Dusty, who was ambivalent, to release her recording as a single.

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