Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Valerie

First recorded by The Zutons (UK #9 2006).
Other hit versions by Amy Winehouse (UK #37 2007), Mark Ronson ft. Amy Winehouse (UK #2 2007), Cast of Glee (US #54 2010).

From the wiki: “‘Valerie’ is a song by the English indie rock band The Zutons from the band’s second studio album, Tired of Hanging Around (2006), and gave The Zutons their joint-biggest single to date as well as their second UK Top 10 single, climbing from #41 (from download sales alone, the day before physical release) to its peak at #9 in the UK Singles Chart. Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse covered ‘Valerie’ for Ronson’s second studio album, Version (2007).

“Released as the album’s third single in October 2007, the track was originally recorded when Winehouse appeared on Jo Whiley’s Live Lounge show on BBC Radio 1. Winehouse had previously recorded a slower-tempo version of the song, which appeared as bonus track on the deluxe edition of Back to Black. The cast of Glee covered the Amy Winehouse version of the song in the episode ‘Special Education’ in 2010.”

Amy Winehouse, “Valerie” “slow” album version (2007):

Mark Ronson ft. Amy Winehouse, “Valerie” uptempo “hit” version official video (2007):

The Cast of Glee, “Valerie” (2010):

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