Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Some Kind of Wonderful

First recorded by Soul Brothers Six (US #91 1967).
Other hit versions by The Fantastic Johnny C (US #87 1968), Grand Funk Railroad (US #3 1974), Huey Lewis & The News (US #44/MOR #4 1994).
Also recorded by Q-Tips (1980), Buddy Guy with Paul Rodgers (1993), Joss Stone (2003).

From the wiki: “‘Some Kind of Wonderful’ is a song written by John Ellison and first recorded by his group, Soul Brothers Six, from Rochester, NY, in 1967, peaking at #91 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The Fantastic Johnny C, from Philadelphia, next recorded a version of the song in 1968 that briefly charted in the US.

“In 1974, Grand Funk Railroad covered ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’ for the group’s album All the Girls in the World Beware!!!. Reaching #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1975, the Grand Funk recording ended the year ranked #74 on Billboard’s Hot 100 year-end chart for 1975.

“British blue-eyed Soul band Q-Tips (featuring lead singer and guitarist Paul Young (‘Everytime You Go Away‘) recorded ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’ for their 1980 debut album. Buddy Guy, with Paul Rodgers (Bad Company), covered the song on his 1993 album Feels Like Rain.

“Huey Lewis & The News scored a Top 10 Adult-contemporary hit with their 1994 version of ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’ from the 1994 covers album Four Chords & Several Years Ago. UK Soul singer Joss Stone recorded a cover of it for her debut album, The Soul Sessions.”

The Fantastic Johnny C, “(She’s) Some Kind of Wonderful” (1968):

Grand Funk Railroad, “Some Kind of Wonderful” (1974):

Q-Tips (feat. Paul Young), “Some Kind of Wonderful” (1980):

Buddy Guy with Paul Rodgers, “Some Kind of Wonderful” (1993):

Buddy Guy with Paul Rodgers, “Some Kind of Wonderful” live The Tonight Show performance (1993):

Huey Lewis & The News, “Some Kind of Wonderful” (1994):

Joss Stone, “Some Kind of Wonderful” (2003):

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