Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Native New Yorker

First recorded by Frankie Valli (1977).
Hit version by Odyssey (US #21/MOR #28/DANCE #3/CAN #13/UK #3/IRE #7 1977).

From the wiki: “‘Native New Yorker’ was written by Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell. It was first recorded in 1977 by Frankie Valli and released on his album Lady Put the Light Out.

“Later in 1977 the song became a hit single for the soul dance band Odyssey. The tenor saxophone solo on Odyssey’s recording is played by Michael Brecker. George Young, of the Saturday Night Live band, was part of the horn section, too, where he played alto sax.

“Odyssey’s ‘Native New Yorker’ also went to #6 on the soul chart and peaked at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100. It reached #5 on the UK Singles Chart.”

Odyssey, “Native New Yorker” (1977):

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