Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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I Hear You Knocking

Originally recorded by Smiley Lewis (R&B #2 1955).
Other hit versions by Gale Storm (US #2 1955), Dave Edmunds (UK #1 1970 |US #4 1971).

From the wiki: “‘I Hear You Knocking’ (sometimes spelled ‘I Hear You Knockin”) was written in 1955 by Dave Bartholomew and Earl King (under the pen name Pearl King) and first recorded that year by Smiley Lewis, reaching #2 on the Billboard R&B singles chart in 1955.

“The song was popularized in 1955 in a cover version by Gale Storm in a recording for Dot Records, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. A later recording by Welsh band Dave Edmunds’ Rockpile (only initial releases were credited to the band) reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1971; in the UK it took the coveted Christmas #1 slot in 1970, topping the UK singles chart for six weeks.”

Gale Storm, “I Hear You Knocking” (1955):

Dave Edmunds’ Rockpile, “I Hear You Knocking” (1970):