Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Tagged: Nicollete Larson


First recorded by Nicolette Larson (1979).
Hit soundtrack version by Lauren Wood (DEN #1/SNG #2/MLY #3 1990).
Also recorded by Johnny Mathis (1988), Larry Coryell (1993).

From the wiki: “Lauren Wood’s career began in the mid 1970s when she formed a band called Rebecca & The Sunnybrook Farmers. In 1972, Wood provided back-up vocals on Frank Zappa’s album The Grand Wazoo. In 1979, she released her first self-titled album on Warner Bros. Records. Guests included Michael McDonald, Little Feat members Bill Payne and Fred Tackett, and Doobie Brother Patrick Simmons. A duet, with Michael McDonald, ‘Please Don’t Leave’ went to #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart.

“After a follow-up album, Cat Trick, Wood vanished from the music scene. However, she spent time continuing to write for other artists (see Nicolette Larson below) along with writing and performing songs for television and movie soundtracks, including ‘Fallen’, her song used in the 1990 movie Pretty Woman (from which was also released Roxette’s ‘It Must Have Been Love’). The soundtrack album went on to sell 18-million copies worldwide (3-million in the US), and the single for ‘Fallen’ topped music charts in Europe and SE Asia.

Rhumba Man

Written and first recorded by Jesse Winchester (1977).
Hit version by Nicolette Larson (US #48 1979).
Also recorded by Little Feat (2011).

From the wiki: “‘Rhumba Man’ was written and first recorded by Jesse Winchester for his 1977 album Nothing But the Breeze. It was later covered, in 1979, by Nicollete Larson for her debut album Nicolette (backed in the studio by Little Feat, who would record their own version in 2011 for the Jesse Winchester tribute album Quiet About It).”

Lotta Love

Written and first recorded by Neil Young (1978).
Hit version by Nicolette Larson (US #8/MOR #1/AUS #11/NZ #22 1978).

From the wiki: “‘Lotta Love’ is a Neil Young composition written c. 1976 and performed in-concert before being recorded by Young for his 1978 album Comes a Time. ‘Lotta Love’ served as the lead single for Larson’s Ted Templeman-produced Nicolette album. Due to a delay in release, Comes a Time was released on the same day in September 1978 as was Nicolette. The release of any single off the Nicolette album was held off until November when it was clear Young’s version would not have be released as an A-side (although Young’s ‘Lotta Love’ would be released as the B-side of a non-charting ‘Comes a Time’ single).