Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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You Are So Beautiful

Co-written and first recorded by Billy Preston (1974).
Hit version by Joe Cocker (US #5 1975).

From the wiki: “Written by Dennis Wilson (The Beach Boys), Billy Preston, and Bruce Fisher (‘If I Ever Lose This Heaven‘), ‘You Are So Beautiful’ was first recorded by Preston and made popular by Joe Cocker.

“Preston’s original version first appeared on his 1974 album The Kids & Me. According to biographer Jon Stebbins, Wilson claimed that he and Preston spontaneously collaborated on the words and music to the song at a party. Wilson sang the song as an encore at Beach Boys shows intermittently from 1975 until his death in 1983.”

Joe Cocker, “You Are So Beautiful” (1975):

Dennis Wilson, co-writer “You Are So Beautiful” live performance (1976):

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