Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)

Written and first recorded by Jim Weatherly (1972).
Hit versions by Bob Luman (C&W #7 1973), Gladys Knight & The Pips (US #2/R&B #1/UK #31 1973), David Sanborn (R&B #56 1983).

From the wiki: “‘Neither One of Us’ was written and first recorded by Jim Weatherly, found on his 1972 album Weatherly. Weatherly was an All-American quarterback at the University of Mississippi before choosing songwriting over a football career. Bob Luman charted first with ‘Neither One of Us’, making it into the Top 10 Country in 1973.

“Weatherly’s songwriting was something of a ‘goose with golden eggs’ for Gladys Knight & The Pips. In addition to recording ‘Neither One of Us’, the group also ‘hit’ with two other Weatherly-penned songs: ‘(You’re the) Best Thing That Ever Happened‘ and ‘Midnight Train to Georgia‘ (originally titled ‘Midnight Train to Houston’).”

Bob Luman, “Neither One of Us” (1973):

Gladys Knight & The Pips, “Neither One of Us” (1973):

David Sanborn, “Neither One of Us” (1983):

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