Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye

First recorded by Don Cherry (1962).
Also recorded by J.D. Loudermilk, writer (1967).
Hit version by The Casinos (US #6/UK #28/CAN #57 1967), Eddy Arnold (C&W #1 1968), Glen Campbell (recorded as “Don’t Pull Your Love/Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” US #27/MOR #1/C&W #4 1976), Neal McCoy (C&W #4 1996).

From the wiki: “‘Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye’ was written by John D. Loudermilk (‘Indian Reservation‘, ‘Tobacco Road‘). It was first released in 1962 by Don Cherry, as a country song, without any chart impact.

“In 1967, ‘Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye’ was recorded in a doo-wop style by the pop vocal group The Casinos. Their arrangement became a US Top-10 and a UK Top-30 hit. Country crooner Eddy Arnold, in 1968, returned the song to the Country Singles chart with his #1 arrangement.

“Glen Campbell recorded the song as a medley with ‘Don’t Pull Your Love’. The medley was a #27 pop hit and went to #1 on the Easy Listening chart in 1976. Campbell’s medley also peaked at #4 on the Country Singles chart.”

J.D. Loudermilk, “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” (1967):

The Casinos, “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” (1967):

Eddy Arnold, “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” (1968):

Glen Campbell, “Don’t Pull Your Love/Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” (1976):

Neal McCoy, “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” (1996):

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