Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Half the Way

First recorded by Clem Easterling (B-side 1978).
Hit version by Crystal Gayle (US #15/MOR #9/C&W #2/CAN #2/IRE #1 1979).

From the wiki: “‘Half the Way’ was written by Ralph Murphy and Bobby Wood (‘Talking in Your Sleep’). First recorded by Clem Easterling in 1978, it was released as the B-side to her cover single ‘Someday We’ll Be Together’ from the album Just in Time on the New Orleans indie label, Hep’ Me, run by recording entrepreneur Senator Jones.

“The song would be covered in 1979 by Crystal Gayle who, after having achieved major country-pop crossover success the previous two years with ‘Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue’ and ‘Talking in Your Sleep‘, had newly signed with Columbia Records. ‘Half the Way’ was the first song recorded under her new recording contract. As happened with Gayle’s previous recordings, ‘Half the Way’ cross-overed to the pop music chart, and was also a success in Canada (her 5th Canadian #1) and Ireland.”

Talking in Your Sleep

First recorded by The Marmalade (1977).
Hit version by Crystal Gayle (US #18/MOR #3/C&W #1 1978).

From the wiki: “The first recorded version of ‘Talking in Your Sleep’ was by the band The Marmalade (‘Reflections of My Life’, ‘Lovin’ Things‘, ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da‘), produced by Roger Greenaway (‘I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing‘), released as single in 1977 but without any chart success. It was subsequently recorded in late 1977 by Country music artist Crystal Gayle and released in January 1978 as the first single from her album When I Dream. Gayle’s version became a hit on both the US Country and Pop charts in 1978, reaching #1 on the US Country chart and peaking at #18 Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.”