Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Tagged: Huey Lewis & The News

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.

Do You Believe in Love

Written by “Mutt” Lange and first recorded (as “We Both Believe in Love”) by Supercharge (1979).
Hit version by Huey Lewis & The News (US #7/UK #9 1982).

From the wiki: “‘We Both Believe in Love’ was written by Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange but underwent a title change while being considered for recording by Huey Lewis and his band. The original, unrevised version was first recorded in 1979 by British band Supercharge, on which Lange sang lead vocals, and appeared on the 1979 Supercharge album Body Rhythm.

“Supercharge were a 1970s English rock band from Liverpool. The band had a #3 hit in Australia in 1977 with ‘You’ve Gotta Get Up and Dance’. Live UK gigs by Supercharge often featured celebrated live sound engineer Chrys Lindop, and included the infamous comedy track ‘She Moved The Dishes First’ (see below), which the band claims they wrote so they could mess about a bit while replacing broken guitar strings during live gigs. This track also achieved notoriety when it was picked up and played regularly by the North Sea pirate radio station ‘Radio Caroline’.