Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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The More I See You

First recorded by Dick Haymes (1945).
Also recorded by Nat King Cole (1958), Bobby Darin (1961), Doris Day (1965).
Hit version by Chris Montez (US #16/MOR #2/UK #3 1966).

From the wiki: “‘The More I See You’ was originally recorded by Dick Haymes in 1945, and sung by Haymes in the film Diamond Horseshoe (1945). Other early recordings were made by Nat King Cole, Bobby Darin and Doris Day before the song hit the Pop music chart in 1966.

“Chris Montez grew up in California, influenced by the success of Ritchie Valens. In 1962, Montez recorded the single ‘Let’s Dance’, a #4 Billboard Hot 100 hit in the US. With the advent of Beatlemania, Montez searched for the same rock and roll formula that would replicate the success of ‘Let’s Dance’. During a 1965 recording session, A&M Records label co-founder Herb Alpert (who would also go on to arrange and co-produce Montez’s 1966 album, The More I See You) suggested instead that Montez try a different approach: a middle-of-the-road, soft ballad sound.

“Reluctant at first, Montez agreed to go along with his mentor’s suggestion. ‘Call Me‘ was the first single release from Montez’s 1965 album The More I See You, followed by the album’s title track. ‘The More I See You’ was sung in a soft, very high tenor range and played on primarily adult-formatted radio stations, confused some disc jockeys, who were unfamiliar with Montez’s past work, who would announce the song and often refer to Montez as a female. But, by the time the album was released Montez’s pictures on the front and back of the jacket cleared up any mystery surrounding his gender.”

Nat King Cole, “The More I See You” (1958):

Bobby Darin, “The More I See You” (1961):

Doris Day, “The More I See You” (1965):

Chris Montez, “The More I See You” (1966):

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