Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Twilight Time

First recorded by The Three Suns (1944).
Also recorded by Les Brown & His Band of Renown (1944).
First vocal version recorded by Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra f. Teddy Walters (1945).
Hit version by The Platters (US #1/R&B #1/UK #3 1958).

From the wiki: “‘Twilight Time’ is a popular song with lyrics by Buck Ram and the music by The Three Suns, and first recorded as an instrumental by The Three Suns in 1944. Les Brown’s instrumental recording was released in early 1945 as the B-side of ‘Sentimental Journey’ (Doris Day).

“The first vocal version of the song on record was also released in 1945, by bandleader Jimmy Dorsey with Teddy Walters on vocals.

“The best-known version of ‘Twilight Time’ was recorded by the Platters in 1958, when it became a #1 hit on both the pop singles and R&B best sellers charts in 1958 in the United States. The song also reached number three in the United Kingdom.”

Les Brown & His Band of Renown, “Twilight Time” (1944):

Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra f. Teddy Walters (1945):

The Platters, “Twilight Time” (1958):

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