Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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The Crying Game

Originally recorded by Dave Berry (UK #5 1964).
Other hit versions by Brenda Lee (US #87 1965), Boy George (US #15/UK #22/CAN #1 1992).

From the wiki: “‘The Crying Game’ was first released by UK singer Dave Berry in July 1964. Session guitarist Big Jim Sullivan played lead guitar on this song, and Jimmy Page supported. Berry’s single peaked at #5 in July 1964, his highest-charting UK single to date. But, his original arrangement gained greater international interest in 1992, when it (along with a cover by Boy George) was used as the theme song for the film The Crying Game.

“The song was covered by Brenda Lee in 1965, when it peaked at #85 on the Billboard Hot 100, and by Boy George in 1992 as a promotional single for the film The Crying Game. The Boy George cover was produced by the Pet Shop Boys and reached #22 on the UK Singles Chart in 1992, #15 on the Hot 100 in the U.S., and was a #1 chart-topper in Canada.”

Brenda Lee, “The Crying Game” (1965):

Boy George, “The Crying Game” (1992):

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