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‘).

“The song has been adopted by English Association football club Port Vale, which runs out to the song at the start of its home matches, while the club’s fans sing the song throughout their matches, periodically with altered lyrics.”

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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