Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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First recorded by Nicolette Larson (1979).
Hit soundtrack version by Lauren Wood (DEN #1/SNG #2/MLY #3 1990).
Also recorded by Johnny Mathis (1988), Larry Coryell (1993).

From the wiki: “Lauren Wood’s career began in the mid 1970s when she formed a band called Rebecca & The Sunnybrook Farmers. In 1972, Wood provided back-up vocals on Frank Zappa’s album The Grand Wazoo. In 1979, she released her first self-titled album on Warner Bros. Records. Guests included Michael McDonald, Little Feat members Bill Payne and Fred Tackett, and Doobie Brother Patrick Simmons. A duet, with Michael McDonald, ‘Please Don’t Leave’ went to #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart.

“After a follow-up album, Cat Trick, Wood vanished from the music scene. However, she spent time continuing to write for other artists (see Nicolette Larson below) along with writing and performing songs for television and movie soundtracks, including ‘Fallen’, her song used in the 1990 movie Pretty Woman (from which was also released Roxette’s ‘It Must Have Been Love’). The soundtrack album went on to sell 18-million copies worldwide (3-million in the US), and the single for ‘Fallen’ topped music charts in Europe and SE Asia.

“Nicolette Larson first recorded ‘Fallen’ for her 1979 debut album. Johnny Mathis covered the song in 1988 on his album Once in a While. In 1993, Larry Coryell produced a ‘smooth jazz’ arrangement, featuring vocals by Klyde Jones and Jeanie Bryson (daughter of songwriter Connie Bryson and jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie), for his album Fallen Angel.”

Johnny Mathis, “Fallen” (1988):

Lauren Wood, “Fallen” from Pretty Woman soundtrack (1990):

Larry Coryell feat. Klyde Jones & Jeanie Bryson, “Fallen” (1993):

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