Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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I Believe in You and Me

First recorded by The Four Tops (R&B #40 1982).
Also recorded by Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. (1983), David Peaston (1991).
Hit version by Whitney Houston (US #4/R&B #4/UK #16 1996).

From the wiki: “‘I Believe in You and Me’ is a ballad written in 1982 by Sandy Linzer and David Wolfert, and first recorded and released by The Four Tops in 1982. In 1983, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. (formerly of The 5th Dimension) recorded the first cover of the song for their album Solid Gold. David Peaston would win the Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist in 1991 for his recording.

“In 1996, Whitney Houston recorded a cover of the song for her soundtrack album The Preacher’s Wife, and received a Grammy nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 1998.”

Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr., “I Believe in You and Me” (1983):

David Peaston, “I Believe in You and Me” (1991):

Whitney Houston, “I Believe in You and Me” (1996):

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