Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Better Be Good to Me

First recorded by Spider (1981).
Hit version by Tina Turner (US #5/R&B #6/UK #45/CAN #6/AUS #28/NZ #22/IRE #22 1984).

From the wiki: “‘Better Be Good to Me’ was written by Mike Chapman (‘Mickey‘, ‘Kiss You All Over’), Nicky Chinn and Holly Knight, and enjoyed its greatest commercial success on Tina Turner’s solo album, Private Dancer.

“The song had originally been released in 1981 by Spider, a New York City band that included co-writer Knight as a member. Chapman is an Australian record producer and songwriter who was a major force in the British pop music industry in the 1970s and early 1980s. He created a string of hit singles for artists including Sweet, Suzi Quatro, Smokie, Mud, and Racey, and later produced breakthrough albums for Blondie and The Knack.

“Tina Turner’s version was most successful in the US, charting Top-5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and charting respectfully elsewhere around the world. Although not as successful internationally as the album’s lead promotional single, ‘What’s Love Got to Do With It’, or the album’s third single, ‘Private Dancer’, ‘Better Be Good to Me’ did garner a 1985 Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance (Female), one of the four Grammys awarded to Turner’s Private Dancer.”

Tina Turner, “Better Be Good to Me” (1984):

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