Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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There’s a Kind of Hush

Originally recorded by The New Vaudeville Band (1966).
Also recorded by Gary & The Hornets (1966).
Hit versions by Herman’s Hermits (US #4/UK #7/CAN #2/AUS #5/SGP #2 1967), The Carpenters (US #12/MOR #1/UK #22/CAN #8/AUS #22 1976).

From the wiki: “The song was introduced on the 1966 album Winchester Cathedral by Geoff Stephens’ group, The New Vaudeville Band; like that group’s hit ‘Winchester Cathedral’, ‘There’s a Kind of Hush’ was conceived as a neo-British music hall number although it is a less overt proponent of that style.

“The first single version of ‘There’s a Kind of Hush’ to be released was recorded in 1966 by Gary & The Hornets, a teen/pre-teen male band from Franklin, Ohio whose version — entitled ‘Kind of Hush,’ produced by Lou Reizner — became a regional success and showed signs of breaking nationally in January 1967; the single would reach #4 in Cincinnati and #3 in Erie PA.

“The Carpenters remade ‘There’s a Kind of Hush’ — as ‘There’s a Kind of Hush (All Over the World)’ — for their 1976 album release A Kind of Hush for which it served as lead single, reaching #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and affording the Carpenters’ their thirteenth #1 on the easy listening chart.”

Gary & The Hornets, “Kind of Hush” (1966):

Herman’s Hermits, “There’s a Kind of Hush” (1967):

The Carpenters, “There’s a Kind of Hush (All Over the World)” (1976):

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