Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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You’ve Got a Lover

Written and first recorded by Shake Russell & Dana Cooper (1978).
Hit version by Ricky Skaggs (C&W #2/CAN #1 1983).

From the wiki: “‘You’ve Got a Lover’ was written by Shake Russell and was first recorded by Russell and Dana Cooper in 1978 for the album Songs on the Radio, much of which, including ‘You’ve Got a Lover’, was recorded as live broadcasts on radio station KLOL in Houston, TX.

“Covered by Ricky Skaggs in 1983, ‘You’ve Got a Lover’ was released as the fourth single from Skagg’s album Highways & Heartaches (preceded by ‘Heartbroke‘, ‘Highway 40 Blues’, and ‘I Wouldn’t Change You If I Could’), recipient of the 1983 ACM Album of the Year award.”

Ricky Skaggs, “You’ve Got a Lover” (1983):

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