Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Sealed with a Kiss

First recorded by Four Voices (US #109 1960).
Other hit versions by Brian Hyland (US #3/UK #3 1962 |UK #7 1975), Gary Lewis & The Playboys (US #11 1968), Bobby Vinton (US #19 1972), Jason Donovan (UK #1/IRE #1/AUS #8/ 1989).

From the wiki: “‘Sealed with a Kiss’ is a song written by Peter Udell and Gary Geld. It was first recorded by The Four Voices in 1960 as a single. It peaked ‘Bubbling Under’ the Billboard Hot 100, at #109.

“In 1962, Brian Hyland, who often performed Udell and Geld’s material, covered the song. Hyland’s single began its run on 6th June 1962 and became a hit, reaching #3 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart. When re-released in 1975, Hyland’s recording charted in the UK at #7.

“Gary Lewis & The Playboys released a single of ‘Sealed with a Kiss’ in 1968, following Lewis’ return to music after his stint in the US Army. Their cover version was a Billboard #19 hit, but was their last appearance in the Top-40.

“A third Top 40 version came in 1972, when Bobby Vinton released a single, again reaching #19 in the Billboard singles charts. Vinton’s recording was used for both the trailer and end-credits of the 2007 film All the Boys Love Mandy Lane.

“In the 1980s, Jason Donovan’s cover topped the music charts in the UK and Ireland, and peaked at #8 in his native Australia.”

Brian Hyland, “Sealed with a Kiss” (1962):

Gary Lewis & The Playboys, “Sealed with a Kiss” (1968):

Bobby Vinton, “Sealed with a Kiss” (1972):

Jason Donovan, “Sealed with a Kiss” (1989):

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