Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Shadows of the Night

Written and first recorded by D.L. Byron (1981, released 1995).
Also recorded by Rachel Sweet (1981).
Hit version by Pat Benatar (US #13/UK #83/AUS #19 1982).

From the wiki: “Originally recorded in 1981 by its songwriter, D.L. Byron, his version would not be released until 1995.

“After recording two albums for Stiff Records, Rachel Sweet would be signed to Columbia Records in 1981 and released the album … And Then He Kissed Me (on which appears ‘Shadows of the Night’) which launched the hit single, ‘Everlasting Love’, a duet with Rex Smith. After completing one more album for Columbia, Sweet resumed her education via correspondence courses and went on to graduate from Columbia University in French and English Literature in 1988.

“Pat Benatar’s fourth album, Get Nervous, was released in November 1982 with three tracks released as singles: ‘Shadows of the Night’, ‘Little Too Late’, and ‘Looking for a Stranger’ all reached the U.S. Top 40. Additionally, ‘Shadows of the Night’ garnered Benatar a Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.”

Rachel Sweet, “Shadows of the Night” (1981):

Pat Benatar, “Shadows of the Night” (1982):

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