Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Thin Line Between Love and Hate

First recorded by The Persuaders (US #15/R&B #1 1971).
Also recorded by B.B. Seaton (1972).
Other hit versions by The Pretenders (US #83/UK #49 1984), H-Town (US #37/R&B #6 1996).

From the wiki: “‘Thin Line Between Love and Hate’ was first recorded by The Persuaders (‘(‘You’re the) Best Thing That Ever Happened‘, ‘Some Guys Have All the Luck‘), written and produced by the Poindexter brothers (‘Backfield in Motion’), Robert and Richard, and also co-written by Persuaders producer Jackie Members. It proved to be the group’s biggest hit song, spending two weeks atop the Billboard R&B chart in late 1971.”

“In 1984, the Pretenders covered ‘Thin Line …’, including it on their 1984 album Learning to Crawl. Featuring Paul Carrack on keyboards and backing vocals, it was released as a single, peaking at #83 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #49 on the UK Singles Chart.

“In 1996, R&B vocal trio H-Town recorded the song, which was included in the film A Thin Line Between Love and Hate starring Martin Lawrence. Released as ‘A Thin Line Between Love & Hate’, this version featured Shirley Murdock on female vocals and peaked #6 on the Billboard R&B chart and #37 on the Billboard Hot 100.”

B.B. Seaton, “Thin Line Between Love and Hate” (1972):

The Pretenders, “Thin Line Between Love and Hate” (1984):

H-Town, “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate” (1996):

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