Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Tagged: Sting

Every Little Thing She Does is Magic

First recorded (as a demo) by Strontium 90 (1976, released 1997).
Hit version by The Police (US #3/UK #1/CAN #1/IRE #1/AUS #2/NED #1/NZ #7 1981).

From the wiki: “Sting wrote the song, he thinks, as early as 1975. Sting (who earned the nickname when wearing a black and yellow sweater with hooped stripes while onstage with the Phoenix Jazzmen in the mid-1970s) recalls ‘When I moved to London in 1975, I was struggling to make a living. I auditioned at the Zanzibar in Covent Garden. I sang ‘Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic’ and the guy said: ‘We need commercial hit songs. We don’t need this kind of stuff.”

“An early demo of the song, recorded in the house of Mike Howlett in the autumn of 1976 by the predecessor band of the Police, Strontium 90, can be heard on Strontium 90: Police Academy released in 1997 on Ark Records.