Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Rockin’ All Over the World

Written and first recorded by John Fogerty (US #27 1975).
Other hit version by Status Quo (UK #3/IRE #1/AUS #22/SWE #3/GER #7 1977).

From the wiki: “‘Rockin’ All Over the World’ made its debut on Fogerty’s second solo album, John Fogerty, in 1975. Released as a promotional single, ‘Rockin’ All Over the World’ peaked at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100. Two years later, English boogie rock band Status Quo recorded their own, heavier arrangement of the song for their 1977 album Rockin’ All Over the World. This release became an international hit, and the song has since become largely identified more with Status Quo than Fogerty.

“At Live Aid, in 1985, Status Quo began their set (and thus the event itself, being the opening band) with ‘Rockin’ All Over the World’ which had first became an unofficial anthem for the event when the BBC used it to advertise their TV coverage of the worldwide event.

“Bruce Springsteen has performed the song a number of times during his famous live shows, and it was the final song played in his 2009 Working on a Dream Tour. During Hard Rock Calling 2012, Springsteen appeared on stage with Fogerty to perform the song with him.”

Status Quo, “Rockin’ All Over the World” (1977):

Status Quo, “Rockin’ All Over the World” @ Live Aid (1985):

John Fogerty & Bruce Springsteen, “Rockin’ All Over the World” live at Hard Rock Calling, Hyde Park (2012):

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