Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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The Way of Love

First recorded by Kathy Kirby (US #88 1965).
Hit version by Cher (US #7/MOR #2 1972).

From the wiki: “‘The Way of Love’ was originally written by Jack Diéval (as ‘J’ai le mal de toi’) in 1960 with French lyrics by Michel Rivgauche for singer Frédérica as an entry in the national elimination rounds of France for the 1960 Eurovision Song Contest. The song, however, was not selected and was evidently not recorded by Frédérica.

“In June 1965, the English rendering, titled ‘The Way of Love’, was recorded in the UK as a single by Kathy Kirby. ‘The Way of Love’ failed to reach the UK Top 50 but did become a regional hit in the United States reaching #88 nationally. Cher’s 1972 recording was produced by Snuff Garrett and was released in February 1972 as the second single from the album Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves, spending three weeks in the US Top 10.”

Cher, “The Way of Love” (1972):

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