Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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The Power of Love

Co-written and first recorded by Jennifer Rush (UK #1/GER #17 1985 |AUS #1/IRE #1/GER #3 1986).
Other hit versions by Laura Branigan (US #26 1987) and Celine Dion (US #1/UK #4/CAN #1/AUS #1 1993).
Also recorded by Air Supply (1985).

From the wiki: “‘The Power of Love’ was first recorded by Jennifer Rush in 1984. The American-born Rush had been recording for CBS (Frankfurt) with producers Gunther Mende and Candy de Rouge (alias of Wolfgang Detmann) since 1982. The song, written by de Rouge, Mende, and Rush with Mary Susan Applegate, took Rush to the top of the UK Singles Chart in 1984 and into the German Top 20 in 1985. Rush filmed a low-budget music video in NYC in the fall of 1984, with the primary intention of entering the U.S market, but was unsuccessful.

“‘The Power of Love’, when originally released in the UK, debuting at #97 on the UK chart dated 22 June 1985. It was briefly withdrawn and, then, re-released in September 1985. It rose to #1 and retained the top spot on the UK chart for five weeks with a total of ten weeks accrued in the Top Ten. The massive success of the song in the UK occasioned widespread international success for Rush’s recording in the last months of 1985 and the first of 1986 including a German re-release of ‘The Power of Love’ that peaked at #9.

“Eventually, ‘The Power of Love’ reached #1 in Australia, Austria, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway and South Africa, and also charted in Denmark (#9), France (#25), the Netherlands (#7), Switzerland (#3) and Sweden (#3). The success of Rush’s ‘The Power of Love’ in Spain – where it reached #2 in March 1986 – led Rush to render her song in Spanish and the result, ‘Si tu eres mi hombre y yo tu mujer’, spent six weeks at #1 in Spain in April and May, 1986.”

Air Supply, “Power of Love” (1985):

Laura Branigan, “Power of Love” (1987):

Celine Dion, “Power of Love” (1993):

Jennifer Rush, “Si tu eres mi hombre y yo tu mujer” (1986):

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