Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Someday, Someway

First recorded by Robert Gordon (US #76 1981).
Hit version by Marshall Crenshaw (US #36/AOR #25 1982).

From the wiki: “Marshall Crenshaw is an American singer-songwriter who got his first break playing John Lennon in the off-Broadway touring company of the musical Beatlemania. While in New York, he recorded ‘Something’s Gonna Happen’ for Alan Betrock’s Shake Records, after which he was signed to Warner Bros. Records. Crenshaw recalled for Spinner UK: ‘While I was there, I wrote ‘Someday, Someway’ and five or six of the other tunes [that would appear on] my first album.’

“Crenshaw described the writing of ‘Someday’ song as a ‘Eureka!’ moment. He said: ‘By this time I’d already written ‘(You’re My) Favorite Waste of Time’ and some other good ones, but I really thought that ‘Someday’ was a breakthrough. I liked that it had this hypnotic riff-type basis; I’d used the basic groove to ‘Lotta Lovin’ by Gene Vincent as a starting point, thought that that was cool.’

“Retro rocker Robert Gordon (‘Fire‘) was the first to record the song for his album Are You Gonna Be The One, taking the song to #76 in 1981; then, the following year, Crenshaw’s own version made it to #36 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Although Crenshaw’s self-titled debut album was acclaimed as a pop masterpiece upon release, ‘Someday, Someway’ is his only Billboard Top 40 hit. The biggest reception for Chrenshaw’s recording was on AOR (Album Oriented Rock) radio, reaching #25 on Billboard’s Rock Tracks chart.”

Marshall Crenshaw, “Someday, Someway” (1982):

Marshall Crenshaw, “Someday, Someway” network television debut on Late Night with David Letterman (1982):

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