Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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So Nice (Summer Samba)

First recorded (as “Samba De Verão”) by Eumir Deodato (1964).
First vocal recording (as “Samba De Verão”) by Marcos Valle (1965).
Hit versions (in English) by The Walter Wanderley Trio (US #26/MOR #3 1966), Johnny Mathis (MOR #17 1966), Connie Francis (MOR #17 1966), Vicki Carr (MOR #32 1966).

From the wiki: “‘Summer Samba’ (also known as ‘So Nice’ or its original Portuguese title, ‘Samba de Verão’) is a 1964 Bossa nova song by Brazilian composer Marcos Valle

“Brazilian musician, arranger and producer Eumir Deodato, a musical autodidact, starting with the accordion at age 12, first recorded the song in 1964 as an instrumentalal. Co-writer Valle recorded the first vocal version of ‘Samba De Verão’ in 1965, with the original Portuguese lyrics coming from Marcos’ brother, Paulo Sérgio.

“The song was first popularized by the Walter Wanderley Trio in 1966 — on the album Rain Forest. Allmusic has said of Wanderley’s version, ‘His recording … is regarded as perhaps a more definitive Bossa tune than ‘Girl From Ipanema‘.’ Wanderley’s version was the biggest seller in the U.S., reaching #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1966, (#3 on the MOR chart).

“Also reaching the U.S. MOR chart in 1966 were vocal recordings – with English-language lyrics written by Norman Gimbel (‘Girl from Ipanema‘, ‘Killing Me Softly with His Song‘) – by Johnny Mathis, Connie Francis, and Vikki Carr. In fact, at least one source claims that three different versions were on the Billboard charts at the same time in 1966. ”

Marcos Valle, “Samba De Verão” (1965):

The Walter Wanderley Trio, “(Summer Samba) So Nice” (1966):

Johnny Mathis, “So Nice (Summer Samba)” (1966):

Connie Francis, “So Nice (Summer Samba)” (1966):

Vicki Carr, “So Nice (Summer Samba)” (1966):

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