Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Almost Saturday Night

Written and first recorded by John Fogerty (US #78 1975).
Also recorded by Karla DeVito (1981).
Other hit versions by Dave Edmunds (US #54/ROCK #18/UK #58 1981), Burrito Brothers (C&W #49 1984).

From the wiki: “‘Almost Saturday Night’ is a song written by John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival) and first released on his 1975 album John Fogerty. It was released as the second single from the album, as a follow up to ‘Rockin’ All Over the World‘. The song had more success when covered in a Rockabilly style by Dave Edmunds in 1981 from his album Twangin…, peaking at #18 on the US Mainstream Rock Chart. The Burrito Brothers (neé The Flying Burrito Brothers) covered the song in 1984. Their version peaked at #49 on the Hot Country Singles chart.

“Karla DeVito coverd ‘Saturday Night’ in 1981. During her freshman year at Loyola University, DeVito joined the Chicago cast of ‘Godspell’. Later, she joined Second City Children’s Theatre group, with Bill Murray and other improv actors, and would subsequently sang with Meat Loaf, on the Bat out of Hell tour, and then contribute background vocals for such groups as Blue Öyster Cult and The Sorrows.

“Later, DeVito became a solo performer in her own right, opening for Hall & Oates and Rick Springfield as well as headlining solo concerts at New York’s The Bottom Line. In 1981, DeVito released her debut solo album, Is This a Cool World or What? on which was included her cover of ‘Almost Saturday Night’. DeVito would later become a featured performer and host (of Rock Influences) during MTV’s first years. David Letterman has also affectionately called DeVito ‘The Sweetheart of Rock and Roll’.”

Karla DeVito, “Almost Saturday Night” (1981):

Dave Edmunds, “Almost Saturday Night” (1981):

Burrito Brothers, “Almost Saturday Night” (1984):

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