Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Change the World

First released by Wynonna (Feb 1996).
Hit version by Eric Clapton (US #5/MOR #1/R&B #54/CAN #1/UK #18/AUS #8/NZ #3 July 1996 |JPN #7).

From the wiki: “’Change the World’ was written by Tommy Sims, Gordon Kennedy, and Wayne Kirkpatrick. Six months prior to the release of Eric Clapton’s hit version, the song was released by country superstar Wynonna Judd for her album Revelations, released in February 1996. Wynonna, however, did not release her version as a promotional single (‘To Be Loved By You’ was instead released) despite the popularity of Clapton’s subsequent recording when his recording was released to radio in July 1996.

Tell Me Why

Written and first recorded by Karla Bonoff (1988).
Hit version by Wynonna Judd (US #77/C&W #3/CAN #3 1993).

From the wiki: “Early in her career, Karla Bonoff sang background vocals for Linda Ronstadt and Wendy Waldman before releasing her own debut album in 1977, titled Karla Bonoff. In 1982, Bonoff reached the Top 40 with her song ‘Personally’.