Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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The Wonder of You

First recorded by Ray Peterson (US #25/UK #23 1959).
Other hit versions by Ronnie Hilton (UK #22 1959), Elvis Presley (US #9/C&W #37/UK #1 1970).
Also recorded by The Platters (1968).

From the wiki: “‘The Wonder of You’ was written by Baker Knight for Perry Como. It was, instead, given to Ray Peterson (‘Tell Laura I Love Her’) who released ‘The Wonder of You’ in 1959 as a single. It became his first Top 40 hit, peaking at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100. That same year it was covered in the UK by Ronnie Hilton; his version reached #22 on the UK Singles Chart.

“Elvis Presley recorded a ‘live in concert’ version of ‘The Wonder of You’ which was released as a single on July, 1970, the first of three singles of songs Presley performed live but would never record in a studio (including ‘Steamroller Blues’ and ‘My Way‘).”

Ronnie Hilton, “The Wonder of You” (1959):

The Platters, “The Wonder of You” (1968):

Elvis Presley, “The Wonder of You” (1970):

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