Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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You’ve Got a Lover

Written and first recorded by Shake Russell & Dana Cooper (1978).
Hit version by Ricky Skaggs (C&W #2/CAN #1 1983).

From the wiki: “‘You’ve Got a Lover’ was written by Shake Russell, and first recorded by Russell and Dana Cooper in 1978. Covered by Ricky Skaggs, ‘You’ve Got a Lover’ was released in July 1983 as the fourth single from Skagg’s album Highways & Heartaches (preceded by ‘Heartbroke‘, ‘Highway 40 Blues’, and ‘I Wouldn’t Change You If I Could’), recipient of the 1983 ACM Album of the Year award.”

Heartbroke

First recorded by Rodney Crowell (1980).
Also recorded by Guy Clark, songwriter (1981), George Strait (1982), The Marshall Tucker Band (1982).
Hit version by Ricky Skaggs (C&W #1/CAN #1 1982).

From the wiki: “‘Heartbroke’ was written by Guy Clark, and originally recorded by Rodney Crowell on his 1980 album But What Will the Neighbors Think. Guy Clark, the song’s writer, included his version of ‘Heartbroke’ on his 1981 album, The South Coast of Texas. Guests on the album included Ricky Skaggs, Rosanne Cash, Vince Gill, and Rodney Crowell (as producer and performer) as well as numerous well-known session players. The following year, it would be recorded solo by Skaggs and released in July 1982 as the first single from his album Highways & Heartaches.

Crying My Heart Out Over You

First recorded by Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys (C&W #21 1960).
Hit version by Ricky Skaggs (C&W #1 1982).

From the wiki: “‘Crying My Heart Out Over You’ was co-written by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, and originally recorded in 1960 by Flatt & Scruggs, whose version peaked at #21. It was covered in 1982 by Ricky Skaggs, his third Country hit and the first of eleven #1 hits for him on the Country chart.”

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