Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Teach Me Tonight

First recorded by Janet Brace (US #23 1953).
Other hit versions by Dinah Washington (R&B #4 1954), The DeCastro Sisters (US#2/UK #20 1954), Jo Stafford (US #15 1955), George Maharis (US #25 1962), Al Jarreau (US #70/R&B #51 1982).
Also recorded by Amy Winehouse (2003).

From the wiki: “‘Teach Me Tonight’ was written by Gene De Paul, the lyrics by Sammy Cahn, and first recorded in 1953 by Janet Brace. Dinah Washington recorded the first cover in 1954, charting into the R&B Top 5.

“The DeCastro Sisters, a Cuban trio, recorded it with Skip Martin’s orchestra and had the biggest hit with the song, peaking at #2 on the Hit Parade.

“Jo Stafford hit #15 with her version in 1955, and George Maharis charted at #25 in 1962.

“‘Teach Me Tonight’ was included as a bonus track in the Deluxe edition of Amy Winehouse’s 2003 album Frank; also performed live on Jools Holland’s New Year’s Eve Hootenanny. Elliott Yamin performed it on American Idol in 2006.”

Dinah Washington, “Teach Me Tonight” (1954):

The DeCastro Sisters, “Teach Me Tonight” (1954):

Jo Stafford, “Teach Me Tonight” (1954):

George Maharis, “Teach Me Tonight” Hullabaloo TV performance (1962):

Al Jarreau, “Teach Me Tonight” (1982):

Amy Winehouse, “Teach Me Tonight” Jools Holland’s 12th New Year’s Eve Hootenanny TV performance (2004):

Elliot Yamin, “Teach Me Tonight” on American Idol (2006):

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