Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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I’ve Been Everywhere

First recorded by Lucky Starr (AUS #1 1962).
Other hit versions by Hank Snow (C&W #1 1962), John Hore (NZ #1 1966).
Also recorded by Johnny Cash & Tom Petty (1996), Medeski Martin and Wood, (as “Let’s Go Everywhere” 2008), Me Dow Songur (as “I Go Everywhere” 2012).

From the wiki: “‘I’ve Been Everywhere’ is a song which was written by Australian country singer Geoff Mack in 1959, and made popular by Lucky Starr in 1962 whose recording topped the Australian singles chart in 1966. The song (as originally written) listed Australian towns.

“Mack’s music publisher offered the song to Canadian-born country musician Hank Snow in 1962. Snow thought the song had potential for the Canadian and American markets, but only if the toponyms were adapted to North America. At his publisher’s urging, Mack consequently re-wrote the song using a North American atlas supplied to him by the publisher.