Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Tagged: Sonny West

Oh Boy!

Co-written and first recorded (as “All My Love (Oh Boy)”) by Sonny West (1957).
Hit versions by Buddy Holly (US #10/R&B #13/UK #3 1957), Mud (UK #1 1970).

From the wiki: “‘Oh Boy!’ was written by Sonny West, Bill Tilghman and Norman Petty, and was originally recorded by West in 1957 but failed to achieve any commercial success. It was recorded again later in 1957 by Buddy Holly & The Crickets, with Holly singing lead vocals, and achieved success on both the Pop and R&B charts in the US and the UK Singles chart. British band Mud charted the song to UK #1 with their 1970 cover recording.”

Rave On

Co-written and originally recorded by Sonny West (Feb 1958).
Hit version by Buddy Holly (US #37/UK #5 1958).

From the wiki: “‘Rave On’ is a 1958 song written by Sonny West, Bill Tilghman and Norman Petty, first recorded by Sonny West and released in February 1958. The hit version was recorded later that same year by Buddy Holly, and was one of his six songs to chart in 1958.”