Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Tagged: Neil Sedaka

Lonely Night (Angel Face)

Written and first recorded by Neil Sedaka (1975).
Hit version by Captain & Tennille (US #3/MOR #1 1975).

From the wiki: “‘Lonely Night (Angel Face)’ was written by Neil Sedaka. Sedaka first recorded the track for his 1975 album, The Hungry Years. The following year, the song was turned into a hit single by Captain & Tennille, who had previously recorded and scored a #1 hit with Sedaka’s ‘Love Will Keep Us Together‘. Their recording of ‘Lonely Night” became the duo’s third-straight Top 5.”

Workin’ on a Groovy Thing

First recorded by Patti Drew (US #62/R&B #34 1968).
Also recorded by Barbara Lewis (1968), Neil Sedaka (1969).
Hit version by The 5th Dimension (US #20/R&B #15 1969).

From the wiki: “Neil Sedaka co-wrote ‘Workin’ on a Groovy Thing’ in 1968 but did not record his own version of the song until 1969 when touring Australia. Sedaka recorded an album titled Workin’ on a Groovy Thing on a one-off basis for a Sydney, Australia-based label at a time his career had slumped and his contract had not been renewed by his former label in the USA. (In the United Kingdom, the album was released on the MCA label under the title Sounds of Sedaka.) Patti Drew was the first to record and release the song, in 1968.

Love Will Keep Us Together

Written and first recorded by Neil Sedaka (UK 1973).
Hit versions by Mac & Katie Kissoon (NETH #12 1973), Captain & Tennille (US #1/UK #32 1975).

From the wiki: “The song first appeared on Neil Sedaka’s 1973 album The Tra-La Days Are Over which did not have a US release, with Sedaka’s version of the song making its US album debut on the 1974 compilation album Sedaka’s Back.

Solitaire (The Carpenters)

Written and first recorded by Neil Sedaka (1972).
Hit versions by Andy Williams (MOR #23/UK #4 1974), The Carpenters (US #17/MOR #1/UK #32 1975), Elvis Presley (1976 |C&W #10 1979).
Also recorded by The Searchers (1973).

The video above is from a 1975 Sedaka concert performance.

From the wiki: “Neil Sedaka recorded ‘Solitaire’ as the title cut for a 1972 album recorded at Strawberry Studios, Manchester: 10cc members Lol Creme, Kevin Godley and Graham Gouldman accompanied Sedaka while Eric Stewart also of 10cc engineered the session.

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