Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Once Bitten Twice Shy

Written and first recorded by Ian Hunter (UK #14/AUS #29 1975).
Also recorded by Shaun Cassidy (1980).
Other hit version by Great White (US #5/UK #83 1989).

From the wiki: “‘Once Bitten, Twice Shy’ was written in 1975 by Ian Hunter (‘Ships‘), from his debut solo album Ian Hunter. The single peaked at #14 on the UK Singles Chart.

“‘Once Bitten’ was first covered by Shaun Cassidy on his 1980 LP, Wasp. In 1989, the song was covered again, by Great White, on their fourth album …Twice Shy. It was this version released as a single that peaked Top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1989.”

Shaun Cassidy, “Once Bitten Twice Shy” (1980):

Great White, “Once Bitten Twice Shy” (1989):

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