Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Hot Summer Nights

Written and first recorded by Walter Egan (US #55/CAN #56 1978).
Other hit version by Night (US #18/CAN #23/AUS #3/NZ #28/NETH #21 1979).

From the wiki: “Walter Egan wrote and first released ‘Hot Summer Nights’ (produced by Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham) in 1978 for his album Not Shy. Released as the album’s second promotional single (US #8 ‘Magnet and Steel’ was first), ‘Hot Summer Nights’ peaked at #55 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“In 1979, the group Night covered ‘Hot Summer Nights’ with more success, peaking at #18 in the US and #23 in Canada while also charting overseas – most notably in Australia (#3). To quote Billboard magazine:

‘Not taking anything away from Walter Egan. Night’s version of ‘Hot Summer Nights’ is superior. benefiting from [Stevie] Lange’s fiery vocal. The way she uses her voice, caresses every emotion to the point where one feels the perspiration trickling down.’ “

Night, “Hot Summer Nights” (1979):

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