Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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All the Man (That) I Need

First recorded (as “All the Man I Need”) by Linda Clifford (1981).
Hit versions by Sister Sledge & David Simmons (R&B #45 1982), Whitney Houston (US #1/MOR #1/R&B #1/CAN #1/UK #13 1991).

From the wiki: “‘All the Man That I Need’ is a song written by American songwriters Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore with Linda Clifford in mind when they wrote the song. The song was first recorded by Clifford in 1982 as ‘All The Man I Need’, for her album I’ll Keep on Loving You. It was released it as a single, but it failed to chart.

“Sister Sledge covered ‘All the Man I Need’ in 1982 as a duet with the singer David Simmons, releasing it on their album The Sisters, the group’s first self-produced album. Released as a promotional single, it failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 but did appear on Billboard‘s Hot R&B Singles chart.

“In 1991, Whitney Houston had a #1 multiple-chart hit with the song, recorded as ‘All the Man That I Need’, from her 1990 album, I’m Your Baby Tonight. Whitney’s version featured production from Narada Michael Walden and a saxophone solo by Kenny G. The single became a major worldwide hit reaching #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. ‘All The Man That I Need’ remains her fourth biggest hit in that chart.”

Sister Sledge * David Simmons, “All the Man I Need” (1982):

Whitney Houston, “All the Man That I Need” (1991):

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