Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Dancin’ Shoes

Written (by Carl Storie) and first recorded by Faith Band (1978).
Hit version by Nigel Olsson (US #18 1979).

From the wiki: “Faith Band was a Rock band from Indianapolis, Indiana, who, between 1973 to 1979, released five albums: Faith in 1973, Excuse Me, I Just Cut an Album in 1977, Rock’n Romance in 1978, and Face to Face and Vital Signs in 1979. The group gained notable popularity regionally in the Indianapolis area in 1978 with Rock’n Romance, which contained the original recording of ‘Dancin’ Shoes’.

“Nigel Olsson, on a solo break from being Elton John’s drummer, recorded a cover the next year of ‘Dancin’ Shoes’ that would become his first (and only) US Top-20 hit.”

Nigel Olsson, “Dancin’ Shoes” (1979):

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