Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Tagged: The Moments

Don’t Cry Out Loud

First recorded (as “We Don’t Cry Out Loud”) by The Moments (R&B #79 1976).
Also recorded by Peter Allen (1977).
Hit versions by Elkie Brooks (UK #12 1978), Melissa Manchester (US #10 1978), Rita Coolidge (JPN 1979).

From the wiki: “‘Don’t Cry Out Loud’ is a song written in 1976 by Peter Allen (‘I’d Rather Leave While I’m in Love‘) with lyricist Carole Bayer Sager (‘Arthur’s Theme’, ‘That’s What Friends Are For‘). Bernadette Peters, who toured with Allen in 1989, has stated that Allen told her that ‘his mother taught him to always put your best face on’ in response to Allen’s father committing suicide when Allen was 14 years old. The references to ‘baby’ in the song refer to Allen’s younger sister.

Love on a Two Way Street

Originally recorded by Lezli Valentine (1968).
Hit versions by The Moments (US #3/R&B #1 1970), Stacy Lattisaw (US #13/R&B #2 1981).

From the wiki: “Written by Sylvia Robinson and Bert Keyes in 1968. ‘Love on a Two-Way Street’ was originally recorded by Lezli Valentine, an artist signed to All Platinum, the record label that Sylvia Robinson co-owned with her husband, Joe. The song was then recorded by The Moments (‘Don’t Cry Out Loud‘) as filler for their 1968 album Not on the Outside, But on the Inside, Strong!, released on Stang Records, a subsidiary of All Platinum.

“Two years later, in March 1970, the Robinsons decided to release the song as a single. The Moments’ ‘Love on a Two Way Street’ went on to become one of the biggest R&B hits of that year and the highest-charting single of the The Moments’ career.

“In 1981, Stacy Lattisaw covered ‘Love on a Two-Way Street’, peaking at #2 on the R&B chart.”

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