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Sad Girl Jay Wiggins 1963
IPG 1008/Amy 955
Intruders, GQ
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Sail Away Calico 1976
on lp United Artists LA659 Vol. II
Sam Neely, Oak Ridge Boys
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Sailing Sutherland Brothers Band 1972
Island 1209
Robin Trower, Rod Stewart, Joan Baez
The original was included on the 1973 album Lifeboat, credited to the Sutherland Brothers and Quiver.

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Sandy Johnny Valentine 1958
Lode 2003
Larry Hall
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Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town Harry Reser 10-24-34
Decca 264
Joe Green (11-2-34), George Hall (11-13-34), Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Crystals, 4 Seasons, Jacksons, Bruce Springsteen et el.
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Satisfied Mind, A Red Hays (aka Joe "Red" Hayes) 1954
Starday 164
Porter Wagoner (9-54), Red Foley & Betty Foley, Jean Shepard, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Byrds, Ian & Sylvia, Bobby Hebb, Jeff Buckley, Ben Harper et al.
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Saturday Night Bay City Rollers 1973
UK Bell 1319
Bay City Rollers (1974)
The Rollers' 1973 recording featured original lead singer Nobby Clarke, while the hit had Clarke's replacement, Leslie McKeown. The backing track on each is similar, if not the same, but the mixes are different.

Another Scottish band named Bilbo Baggins also had a record titled "Saturday Night," but it's a different song.

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Saturday Night Fish Fry Eddie Williams & His Brown Buddies w/ Ellis "Slow" Walsh
1948
Supreme 1542
Louis Jordan (8-9-49, 1958, 1964), Pearl Bailey & Moms Mabley (11-3-49), Jimmy Witherspoon
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Save The Country Laura Nyro 6-10-68
Columbia 44592
Laura Nyro (3-4-69, on lp Columbia 9737 New York Tendaberry), 5th Dimension, Thelma Houston
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Save Your Heart For Me Brian Hyland 1963
ABC Paramount 10452
Gary Lewis & Playboys (6-3-65)
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Saving All My Love For You Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. 1978
on lp Columbia 35603 Marilyn & Billy
Whitney Houston
Say I Am see What I Am
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Say You Jamie Coe 1960
ABC Paramount 10149
Ronnie Dove
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Scarborough Fair (aka Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme) Gordon Heath & Lee Payant 1954
on 10" lp Elektra 29 Encores From The Abbaye (1955)
Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger, Martin Carthy, Simon & Garfunkel, Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66
American actors/singers Gordon Heath and Lee Payant moved to France in the late 1940s and became co-owners of a small (capacity 90) Paris club called L'Abbaye. There were appartments above it and to avoid disturbing tenants with applause, patrons would snap their fingers. (This was probably the start of the finger-snapping beatnik!) For years, the two were L'Abbaye's only performers and they built quite a following.

"Scarborough Fair" goes back to 17th century England and may have been recorded by others along the way, but Heath & Payant's is the earliest I've found so far.

Simon & Garfunkel's version was inspired by Martin Carthy's treatment of the song, who had picked up the tune from the Ewan MacColl/Peggy Seeger songbook The Singing Island. Martin's distinctive acoustic guitar arrangement helped spur a mid-'60s UK folk revival and "Fair" became one of his signature songs. During a 1965 stay in London, Paul Simon attended a Carthy performance and, following the show, had Martin show him "Scarborough Fair's" delicate guitar part. This incident reached legendary status, with various supposed locations and famous people in attendance. Rumors aside, Simon obviously made the most of the lesson; when his & Garfunkel's version (with added "Canticle" counterpoint) came out, it was credited to the two of them. And their album was titled after "Fair's" refrain, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme. Martin Carthy became known as "the man who gave away 'Scarborough Fair'" and he & Simon had no further contact for years. Then at a 2000 Paul Simon concert in London, Simon ushered his surprise guest on stage. Thirty-five years after their initial encounter, he and Carthy played "Scarborough Fair" together, as whatever ill will existed had been put aside.

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Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair) Jo Stafford (10-31-49)
Capitol 785
Juanita Hall (11-4-49), Harry Belafonte, Kingston Trio, Browns, Sinead O'Connor
Juanita Hall is often cited as the first to cut "Scarlet Ribbons," but assuming these recording dates are accurate, Stafford's preceded hers.

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Scrub-Board (aka Hold Back The Night) Trammps 1972
Buddah 321
Tramps (1975 as "Hold Back The Night"), Graham Parker & Rumour (as "Hold Back The Night")
"Scrub-Board" was an instrumental B-side that the Trammps then added vocals to, remixing and editing it to be longer, creating their hit "Hold Back The Night." There is some evidence the Trammps did "Hold" in 1973, two years before it was issued, but that's not definitive. Regardless, "Scrub-Board" preceeded it.

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Sea Cruise Huey Smith & Clowns w/ Bobby Marchan & Gerri Hall 1958 (cut for Ace)
on CD Ace 2021 Rock 'N' Roll Revival (1990)
Frankie Ford (9-58)
Frankie Ford's hit used the same backing track, with added sound effects, as Smith's.

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Sealed With A Kiss Four Voices 1960
Columbia 41699
Brian Hyland, Gary Lewis & Playboys, Bobby Vinton
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Seasons In The Sun Rod McKuen 1961 (summer)
on lp In 1003 (1963)
Kingston Trio (12-2-63), Rod McKuen (many time for various labels: Warner Bros., Buddah etc.), Terry Jacks
Adapted by Rod McKuen from Jacques Brel's 1961 composition "Le Moribond" ("The Dying Man"). McKuen sent out test pressings of the In label lp in hopes of getting other artists to record his songs and to gather quotes for the album jacket. Years later Terry Jacks produced a version by the Beach Boys. The group declined to release it (now available online to hear), so he did "Seasons" himself. Rod was on a trip to Mexico at the time and, upon his return to the States, was pleasantly surprised to find Jacks' record at the top of the charts.

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See See Rider Blues (aka C C Rider aka See See Blues) Ma Rainey & her Georgia Jazz Band 10-16-24
Paramount 12252
Chuck Willis, LaVern Baker, Animals, Mitch Ryder & Detroit Wheels et al.
Some pressings of Rainey's Paramount 78 list the title as "See See Blues."

See You Later Alligator see Later Alligator
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Self Control RAF 1984
Italian Carrere A 4223
Laura Branigan
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Send In The Clowns Glynis Johns 3-18-73
Columbia AE7-1070
Frank Sinatra, Judy Collins
Glynis' recording is from the A Little Night Music cast album.

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Send Me The Pillow (That You Dream On) (aka Send Me The Pillow You Dream On) Hank Locklin 6-49
4 Star 1360
Hank Locklin (1957 for RCA Victor), Browns, Johnny Tiltotson, Dean Martin
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Sentimental Lady Fleetwood Mac 1972
Reprise 1093
Bob Welch
Welch was a member of Fleetwood Mac when he wrote and (they) first recorded the song. He subsequently left the group and had the hit as a solo artist.

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Sentimental Reasons (aka [I Love You] For Sentimental Reasons) Deek Watson & His Brown Dots 1945
Manor 1009
Brown Dots (1946 on Manor 1041), Nat King Cole, Sam Cooke, Cleftones
Despite Deek Watson being credited, the song was written by Brown Dots member William "Pat" Best, who composed it when he was around 14 years old!

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Senza Fine (aka The Phonenix Love Theme) Ornella Vanoni 1961
Italian Ricordi SRL 10-186
Brass Ring
The song was used in the 1965 film The Flight Of The Phoenix, hence the title "The Phoenix Love Theme" for Brass Ring's 1966 hit.

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Set The Night To Music Starship 1987
on lp Grunt/RCA 6413-1 No Protection
Roberta Flack w/ Maxi Priest
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Seven Bridges Road Steve Young 1969
on lp A&M 4177 Rock Salt & Nails
Steve Young (1972 for Reprise), Joan Baez, Mother Earth, Ian Matthews, Eagles
7-6-5-4-3-2-1 (Blow Your Whistle) see Get Up
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Seventh Son Willie Mabon 6-1-55
Chess 1608
Mose Allison, Johnny Rivers
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Sha La La Shirelles 1963
Scepter 1267
Manfred Mann (9-22/23-64)
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Shadows Of The Night Rachel Sweet 1981
on lp Columbia 37077 ...And Then He Kissed Me
Pat Benatar
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Shadrach (A Bible Story) (aka Shadrack) Bob MacGimsey 5-13-31
Victor 23562/Bluebird 7890
Louis Armstrong, Brook Benton
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Shake A Tail Feather Five Du-Tones 1963
One-derful 4815
James & Bobby Purify, Mitch Ryder & Detroit Wheels, Ray Charles
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Shake It Terence Boylan 1977
on lp Asylum 1091
Ian Matthews
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Shakin' All Over Johnny Kidd & Pirates 1959
UK HMV POP 753/Apt 25040
Guess Who, The Who, Suzi Quatro, Billy Idol
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Shame On The Moon Rodney Crowell 5-81
on lp Warner Bros 3587
Mac Davis, Bob Seger
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Shame, Shame Keith Colley 1968
Columbia 44410
Magic Lanterns
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Shanghai Noodle Factory Jay & Americans 1967
United Artists 50222
Traffic (11-68)
This wasn't a hit for Traffic but it was a popular album track (from Last Exit). I find it interesting that an American group like Jay & The Americans would be the first to record an early composition by Brits Steve Winwood and company, although it was produced by co-writer and Traffic producer Jimmy Miller.

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Shangri-La Matty Malneck & Orch. 2-7-46
Columbia 37877
Robert Maxwell (1953,1964), Four Coins, Vic Dana
Co-writer and harpist Robert Maxwell was a member of Malneck's band. He had previously used parts of this melody in a composition titled "Fantasy For Harp," recorded around 1943 as a member of Rudy Vallee's US Coast Guard Band. Jackie Gleason laters used "Shangri-La" as theme music for his Reggie van Gleason TV character.

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Sharing The Night Together Arthur Alexander 1976
Buddah 522/602
Lenny LeBlanc, Dr. Hook
Arthur Alexander and Lenny LeBlanc cut theirs (unbeknownst to each other) around the same time, while both were living in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Co-writer Eddie Struzick was LeBlanc's roommate so there's a possiblilty his was first, but even Lenny doesn't know.

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She Believes In Me Steve Gibb 1978
Clouds 12
Kenny Rogers
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She Called Me Baby (aka He Called Me Baby) Harlan Howard 5-3-61
Capitol 4682
Jan Howard, Patsy Cline, Carl Smith, Dick Curless, Charlie Rich, Ella Washington
She Comes To Me, (When She Wants Good Lovin') see My Baby Comes To Me, (When She Wants Good Lovin')
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She Cried Teddy Daryll 1961
Utopia 501
Jay & Americans (12-26-61), Shangri-Las (as "He Cried"), Lettermen
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She Don't Know Me Grass Roots 1982
MCA 52104
Bon Jovi
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She Got The Goldmine (I Got The Shaft) Johnny Paycheck 10-81
on lp Epic 37933 Lovers And Losers
Jerry Reed (12-81)
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She Said, "Yeah" Larry Williams 8-14-58
Specialty 658
Animals, Rolling Stones, Flamin' Groovies, Paul McCartney, Web Wilder
Co-written by Sonny Bono using the name Don Christy.

She Understands Me see He Understands Me
She's A Bad Mama Jama (She's Built, She's Stacked) see She's Built She's Stacked
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She's A Lady Paul Anka 5-7-69
on lp RCA Victor 4309 The '70s
Tom Jones, Paul Anka (1971 for Buddah)
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She's Built She's Stacked (aka She's A Bad Mama Jama [She's Built, She's Stacked]) Leon Haywood 1978
on lp MCA 2322 Double My Pleasure
Carl Carlton
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She's Crazy For Leaving Guy Clark 8-80
on lp Warner Bros 3381 The South Coast Of Texas
Steve Wairner, Rodney Crowell
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She's Got A Way Billy Joel 7-71
Family Productions 0900
Billy Joel (6-80 for Columbia)
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She's Looking Good Rodger Collins 1966
Galaxy 750
Wilson Pickett (7-3-67)
Note the misspelling of Collins' first name on this pressing.

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She's Not Just Another Woman 100 Proof (Aged In Soul) 1970
on lp Hot Wax 704 Somebody's Been Sleeping In My Bed
8th Day
She's Ready see He's Ready
She's Tuff see She's Tough
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Sheila Tommy Roe & Satins 1960
Judd 1022
Tommy Roe (1962 for ABC-Paramount)
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Shilo Neil Diamond 1967
Bang 561
Neil Diamond (1967, issued 1970 on Bang 575)
Although his first and hit versions are similar, they are two distinct recordings with different second verses.

Bang Records head Bert Berns balked at issuing "Shilo," thinking this song about Neil's imaginary childhood friend (not a dog) wasn't commercial enough. This prompted Diamond to leave the label for Uni Records. Following Berns' death in late 1967, the first "Shilo" was relased as a 45, then what became the hit version was issued in early 1970.

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Ships Ian Hunter 1979
on lp Chrysalis 1214 You're Never Alone With a Schizophrenic
Barry Manilow
Shoop Shoop Song, The see It's In His Kiss
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Shop Around Miracles 9-60
Tamla 54034 (first pressing)
Miracles (twice more in 9-60), Carpenters
Three different takes of the song, with variations in mix and instrumentation, were released with the same label number. The hit version had "L1" in the runoff groove while the previous two had "A1" and "A2."w

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Should I Do It Tanya Tucker c. 4-81
MCA 51131
Pointer Sisters
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Show And Tell Johnny Mathis 3-73
on lp Columbia 32258 Killing Me Softly With Her Song
Al Wilson
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Show Me The Way Peter Frampton 1975
A&M 1693
Peter Frampton (1975, on lp Frampton Comes Alive)
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Show Must Go On,The Leo Sayer 1973
Warner Bros 7768
3 Dog Night
Both Sayer's and 3 Dog Night's versions incorporate Julius Fucik's 1897 "Entrance Of The Gladiators."

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Sick And Tired Chris Kenner 4-22-57
Imperial 5448
Fats Domino
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Silence Is Golden Four Seasons 1964
Philips 40211
Tremeloes
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Silver Threads And Golden Needles Wanda Jackson 9-20-56
Capitol 3575
Springfields, Jody Miller, Linda Ronstadt (1969, 1974)
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Silver Train Johnny Winter 1973 (early)
Columbia 45860
Rolling Stones (spring 1973)
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Since I Fell For You Buddy Johnson w/ Ella Johnson 11-7-45
Decca 48016
Paul Gayten Trio, Lenny Welch, Charlie Rich, Dr. John
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Since You Been Gone Russ Ballard 1976
on lp Epic 34093 Winning
Head East, Rainbow
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Sing The Kids 1971
on lp Warner Bros. 2569 Sesame Street 2
Carpenters
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Sing In The Sunshine (aka We'll Sing In The Sunshine) Hoyt Axton 1963
Horizon 6
Gale Garnett
Axton was Gale Garnett's boyfriend at the time and she wrote the song for him.

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Sing, Sing, Sing Louis Prima & His New Orleans Gang 2-28-36
Brunswick 7628
Fletcher Henderson (8-4-36), Benny Goodman (many times, 1st: 7-6-37), Louis Prima (many times), Gene Krupa, Mel Tormé, Bernie Lowe Orch., Flat Duo Jets et al.
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Singin' In The Rain Rounders 4-26-29
Victor 22002
Earl Burtnett (5-8-29), Cliff Edwards aka "Ukulele Ike" (5-28-29), Gene Kelly, Judy Garland
First performed by Doris Eaton in the 1928 stage production Hollywood Music Box Revue. The following year, it took off after being featured in the film Hollywood Review Of 1929 (MGM's first "talkie") by the Rounders, Cliff Edwards and the Brox Sisters. The Rounders were the first to formally record it for release.

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Singin' The Blues Marty Robbins 11-3-55
Columbia 21545
Guy Mitchell (9-24-56), Jerry Lee Lewis, Dave Edmunds, Jimmy Dale Gilmore
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Sister Morphine Marianne Faithful 7-68 & early 1969 (rel. 2-69)
London 1022
Rolling Stones (3-31-69), Marianne Faithful (1982 for Island)
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Sit Down I Think I Love You Buffalo Springfield c. 8-66
on lp Atco 33-200
Mojo Men
Writer Stephen Stills' demo, done 6-66, has also been issued.

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Sitting On Top Of The World Mississippi Sheiks 2-17-30
Okeh 8784
Howlin' Wolf, Cream, Grateful Dead, Doc Watson
The song is often credited to Howlin' Wolf, but it clearly goes back farther than him!

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Six Days On The Road Paul Davis 1961
Bulletin 1001
Dave Dudley (4-1-63, 1973), Ferlin Husky, Sawyer Brown, Steve Earle & Dukes
This is not the Paul Davis of "I Go Crazy" and "'65 Love Affair" fame (who was all of 13 years old when "Six Days" was issued).

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Sixteen Tons Merle Travis 8-8-46
on 78 album Capitol 50 Folk Songs Of The Hills
Tennessee Ernie Ford, Johnny Desmond, Weavers, Johnny Cash
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Skokiaan (Tsaba Tsaba Dance) (aka Skokiaan [South African Song]) African Dance Band Of The Cold Storage Commission Of Southern Rhodesia 4-30-50
Rhodeisan Gallotone Jive 1152
Four Lads, Ralph Marterie, Ray Anthony, Perez Prado, Louis Armstrong, Bill Haley, Brave Combo, Kermit Ruffins et el.
The original recording was a 1954 US (and elsewhere) hit when it was reissued and credited to the Bulawayo Sweet Rhythms Band (London 1491). English lyrics, beginning with the Four Lads' vocal version, were written by Lads member Tom Glazer.

"Skokiaan" is an illegal homemade African alcoholic beverage.

August Msarurgwa (aka Musarurwa) composed the song and led the African Dance Band..., although subsequent recordings often credited various others as composer(s).

The later subtitle of "South African Song" is a misnomer as Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) is a far cry from being the country of South Africa.

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Sleep Waring's Pennsylvanians 10-16-23
Victor 19172
Fred Waring (1950 for Decca), Earl Bostic, Little Willie John
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Sleigh Ride Boston Pops Orchestra 7-49
RCA Victor 10-1484/49-0515
Leroy Anderson (1950), Boston Pops Orchestra (1959, 1970, 1991, 1998, 2003), Dolly Parton, TLC, et el.
Leroy Anderson began writing this (as an instrumental) during a July, 1946 Connecticut heat wave. He completed it in time for the 1948 Boston Pops Orchestra season. Led by Arthur Fiedler, the BPO cut "Sleigh Ride" in 1949 while Anderson did his the following year.

Mitchell Parish wrote the lyrics in 1950. It was meant to be a song simply evoking winter but it's become a Christmas standard.

Slippin' And Slidin' see I'm Wise
Sloop John B see Wreck Of The John B
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Slow Dancing (aka Swayin' To The Music) Funky Kings 1976
Arista 209
Johnny Rivers
The song was originally titled "Slow Dancing" but when Johnny Rivers did it, the Addrisi Brothers had a record out titled "Slow Dancin' Don't Turn Me On." Songwriter Jack Tempchin was then asked to add the "Swayin' To The Music" subtitle, which he did but did not like. I trust he did like the royalty checks that followed!

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Smack Dab In The Middle Charlie Calhoun 1955
MGM 11989
Jacks, Mills Bros., Ray Charles, Ry Cooder
Writer-Singer Charlie Calhoun also worked as Jesse Stone and Charles Calhoun.

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Smell Of Incense West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band 1967
on lp Reprise 6270 Vol. 2
Southwest F.O.B. (mid 1968)
Dallas-based Southwest F.O.B. had met the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band when the later played a show there in 1967.

W.C.P.A.E.B. issued an edit of their LP original as a single (Reprise 0776) in 1968.

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Smiling Faces Sometimes Temptations 1971
on lp Gordy 957 Sky's The Limit
Undisputed Truth
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Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, (When Your Heart's On Fire) Gertrude Niesen 10-13-33
Victor 24454
Paul Whitemam (11-3-33), Tamara with Leo Reisman Orch.(11-28-33), Platters, Blue Haze
The melody was originally written as the theme for a radio program that remained unproduced. Tamara introduced the song in the 1933 play Roberta, but her recording of it followed Niesen's.

Smokestack Lightning see Crying At Daybreak
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Snake, The Oscar Brown Jr. 1962
on lp Columbia 8825 Tells It Like It Is!
Johnny Rivers, Al Wilson
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So Fine Sheiks 1955
Federal 12237
Fiestas
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So Rare Gus Arnheim w/ Jimmy Farrell 6-23-37
Brunswick 7919
Guy Lombardo (7-16-37), Jimmy Dorsey
Softly As I Leave You see Piano
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Softly Whispering I Love You David & Jonathan 1967
Amy 11012
English Congregation, Mike Curb Congregation
Writers Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway were also recording artsits, using the name David & Jonathan.

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Solitaire Neil Sedaka 1972
on lp Kirshner 117 Solitaire
Searchers, Carpenters, Clay Aiken
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Solitaire Martine Clemenceau 1981
French Polydor 2056 925
Laura Branigan
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Some Day Soon Ian & Sylvia 1964
Vanguard 35025
July Collins, Suzy Bogguss
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Some Days Are Diamonds (Some Days Are Stone) Dick Feller 9-75
Asylum 45306
John Denver
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Some Enchanted Evening Frank Sinatra 2-28-49
Columbia 38446
Perry Como (3-1-49), Jo Stafford (3-9-49), Bing Crosby (3-10-49), Ezio Pinza (5-16-49), Jay & Americans
Written for the play South Pacific, which premiered March 7, 1949 and featured Ezio Pinza's performance of the song. While a number of singers cut it that same month, Sinatra's had been recorded in February.

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Some Hearts Marshall Crenshaw 1989
Warner Bros 7-22878
Carrie Underwood
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Some Kind Of Wonderful Soul Brothers 6 1967
Atlantic 2406
Grand Funk, Buddy Guy
The Soul Brothers 6 record was such a hit in Detroit, I was hesitant to list it. Hearing from people who suggested it and realizing it barely charted on Billboard's Hot 100, prompted me to include it.

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Some Of Shelly's Blues Stone Poneys feat. Linda Ronstadt 1968
Capitol 2195
Monkees (5-29-68), Nittty Gritty Dirt Band, Mike Nesmith
Somebody To Love see Someone To Love
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Somebody Touched Me Ruth Brown 5-7-54
Atlantic 1044
Buddy Knox
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Somebody's Watching You Sly & Family Stone 1969
on lp Epic 26456 Stand!
Little Sister
The group Little Sister included Sly's sister Vanetta Stewart.

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Someday, Someway Robert Gordon 12-80
RCA 12239
Marshall Crenshaw
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Someday We'll Be Together Johnny & Jackey 1961
Tri-Phi 1005
Supremes
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Someday We're Gonna Love Again Barbara Lewis 3-23-64
Atlantic 2237
Searchers
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Someone To Love (aka Somebody To Love) Great Society 1965
Northbeach 1001
Great Society (6-66 for Columbia), Jefferson Airplane (11-15-66), Jim Carrey
The Great Society included vocalist Grace Slick, who brought this song with her upon joining the Jefferson Airplane. "Someone To Love" was written by fellow Great Society bandmate and brother-in-law, Darby Slick. Their version, produced by Sly Stone, reportedly took over 50 takes to get right.

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Someone To Watch Over Me Gertrude Lawrence 10-29-26
Victor 20331
George Gershwin (11-12-26), Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Etta James, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, Rod Stewart, Amy Winehouse, Brian Wilson et el.
Introduced by Lawrence in the 1926 stage musical Oh, Kay!.

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Something Joe Cocker 1969
on lp A&M 4224 Joe Cocker!
Beatles (4 to 8-69)
George Harrison began writing "Something" during the Beatles' White Album sessions but it wasn't finished at the time. Following Joe Cocker's success with "With A Little Help From My Friends," the Beatles invited him to Apple Studios and offered him some other songs. Cocker picked "Something" after hearing George play it for him and Harrison even helped out on Joe's session. His version wasn't released though until after the Beatles' recording (on Abbey Road ) came out. George's demo has also been issued.

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Something Stupid Carson & Gaile 1966
Kapp 813
Nancy & Frank Sinatra (2-1-67)
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Something You Got Chris Kenner 9-12-61
Instant 3237
Alvin Robinson, Ramsey Lewis, Chuck Jackson & Maxine Brown, Lonnie Brooks
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Somewhere In The Night Richard Kerr 1975
Epic 50153
Batdorf & Rodney, Helen Reddy, Barry Manilow
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Sommerwind, Der (aka Summer Wind) Grethe Ingmann 6-65
German Metronome M 490
Wayne Newton, Frank Sinatra
The song was introduced at the 1965 Deutsche Schlager Festspiel. Ingmann recorded it in both German and Danish.

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Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp Merle Haggard 9-18-67
on lp Capitol 2848 Sing Me Back Home
Johnny Darrell (10-67), O. C. Smith
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Song For The Life Jonathan Edwards 11-75
on lp Reprise 2238 Rockin' Chair
Seldom Scene, Rodney Crowell, Alan Jackson
Writer Rodney Crowell played on Edwards' original.

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Song Of The South Bobby Bare c. 11-79
on lp Columbia 36785 Drunk & Crazy
Johnny Russell, Tom T. Hall & Earl Scruggs, Alabama
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Sookie Sookie Don Covay & The Goodtimers 6-30-65
Atlantic 2323
Steppenwolf, Grant Green, Don Covay & Jefferson Lemon Blues Band (1970, Atlantic 2742)
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Sorghum Switch (aka Cole Slaw) Jimmy Dorsey 6-2-42
Decca 18372
Frank "Floorshow" Culley (1-17-49), Louis Jordan (4-12-49), Jesse Stone (4-19-49)
Jesse Stone originally wrote the song as an instrumental, retitling it when he produced Culley's version. Louis Jordan's was the first with lyrics.

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Sorrow McCoys 1965
Bang 511
Merseys, David Bowie, Status Quo
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Soul Drippin' Standells 1968
Tower 398
Mauds
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Soul Song Tanya Tucker 7-72
on lp Columbia 31472 Delta Dawn
Joe Stampley
Soul Twist see Jay Walk
Soulful Strut see Am I The Same Girl
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Sound Of Music, The Patti Page 11-16-59
Mercury 71555
Mary Martin (11-22-59), Julie Andrews
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Sounds Of Silence, The Simon & Garfunkel 3-10-64
Columbia 43396 (red vinyl promo)
Simon & Garfunkel (6-15-65), Paul Simon
Even though the two Simon & Garfunkel releases have the same vocal tracks, their hit had drums and bass added and the whole recording was remixed. The hit and pre-hit singles were given the same issue number but only the red vinyl promos have the original un-overdubbed version. The popular issue 45 continued to list it as being from their Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. album even though it was eventually released on their Sounds Of Silence LP.

Paul Simon's 1974 hit version used his original title, "The Sound Of Silence."

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Southern Nights Allen Toussaint 1975
on lp Reprise 2186 Southern Nights
Glen Campbell
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Souvenirs (aka Among My Souvenirs Kit-Cat Band 9-19-27
UK Columbia 4563
Paul Whiteman (11-22-27), Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Connie Francis, Marty Robbins
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Space Oddity David Bowie 2-2-69
on lp UK Deram BOWIE 1 Love You Till Tuesday (1984)
David Bowie (6-20-69 for Mercury)
"Space Oddity" was written and recorded for the film Love You Till Tuesday, designed to showcase and promote the then-mostly-unknown Bowie. Due to budget complications, the movie wasn't released at the time but finally came out in 1984.

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Speedy Gonzales David Dante 2-15-61
RCA Victor 7860/8056
Pat Boone (5-62)
David Dante was one of co-writer Davis Hill's (born David Hess) pseudonymns. See also "I'm All Shook Up."

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Spirit In The Night Bruce Springsteen 1973
Columbia 45864
Manfred Mann's Earth Band
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Spooky Mike Sharpe 1966
Liberty 55922
Classics IV, Atlanta Rhythm Section
Sharpe's was an instrumental.

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St. James Infirmary Louis Armstrong & His Savoy Ballroom Five (aka His Hot Fives) 12-12-28
Okeh 8657/41180
King Oliver, Cab Calloway, Josh White, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Joe Cocker, Doc Watson, Eric Burdon, Archie Shepp, Rickie Lee Jones, Dr. John, Hugh Laurie et el.
Although the song's roots went back to various 18th century English folk songs, horn man Don Redman received writing credit on Armstrong's record. Redman did bring the arrangement and play on its session, but didn't really compose "Infirmary." As with many songs that floated about, the first to properly register it typically became the designated writer. Publisher Irving Mills often also took credit under the pseudonym Joe Primrose.

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St. Louis Blues Prince's Band 12-18-15
Columbia A-5772
Bessie Smith, W.C. Handy (many times), Louis Armstrong, Billy Holiday, Duke Ellington, Bob Wills, Benny Goodman, Django Reinhardt, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald et al.
It's not certain who was the first to cut "St. Louis Blues," but Prince's Band is as likely a candidate as any.

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Stack o' Lee Blues (aka Stagger Lee) Waring's Pennsylvanians 10-16-23
Victor 19189
Frank Westphal (10-18-23), Ma Rainey, Woody Guthrie, Mississippi John Hurt, Archibald, Lloyd Price, Professor Longhair, Tommy Roe, Wilson Pickett, Taj Mahal et al.
There are numerous title spellings of "Stagger Lee" as well as variations in its melody and lyrics. The song was probably first published in 1910. For more on "Stagger Lee" see Greil Marcus's book Mystery Train and his extensive article in the January 1996 issue of Mojo. There is also a book called Stagolee Shot Billy by Cecil Brown.

Both Fred Waring's and Frank Westphal's were instrumentals(!).

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Stardust (aka Star Dust) Hoagy Carmichael & Pals 10-31-27
Gennett 6311
Hoagy Carmichael (vocal,1929), Larry Clinton, Billy Ward & Dominoes, Nino Tempo & April Stevens, Willie Nelson et al.
Carmichael whistled a tune that became "Stardust" while looking to the sky one late summer night in 1927. Hoagy later wrote of the session, done on Halloween that year (as an instrumental), "This melody was bigger than I was. It wasn't a part of me..it didn't sound familiar in the playback...I wanted to shout 'Maybe I didn't write you, but I found you.'"

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Starting All Over Again Sam & Dave 1971
on CD Rhino 8122-71253 Sweat 'N' Soul: Anthology (1965-1971) (1993)
Mel & Tim
Phillip Mitchell wrote this with Sam & Dave in mind, as he thought they were about to start over again (by 1971 their career had waned). For whatever reason, the duo's recording wasn't issued until years later.

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State Of Independence Jon & Vangelis 1981
on lp Polydor 6326 The Friends Of Mr. Cairo
Donna Summer
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Statesboro Blues Blind Willie McTell 10-17-28
Victor 38001
Taj Mahal, Youngbloods, Allman Bros., David Bromberg, Pat Travers, John Hammond
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Stay Glenn Jones 1990
on lp Jive 1181-1 All For You
Eternal
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Stay In My Corner Dells 2-19-65
Vee Jay 674
Dells (1968 for Cadet)
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Stay Together Young Lovers Ben Aiken 1965
Roulette 4649
Brenda & Tabulations
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Steamroller (aka Steamroller Blues) James Taylor 12-69
on lp Warner Bros. 1843 Sweet Baby James
Masqueraders, Elvis Presley
Despite numerous online references and discographies that list the Masqueraders' version (Bell 932) as being from 1968, it was issued in 1970, after Taylor's original.

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Step By Step Superiors 1987
Motown 1895
New Kids On The Block
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Step By Step Annie Lennox 1992
on UK CD single BMG 10089 2
Whitney Houston
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Stewball Greenbriar Boys 1961
on lp Vanguard 9096 New Folks
Peter, Paul & Mary, Joan Baez, Hollies
There are numerous songs titled "Stewball," but in this case Peter, Paul & Mary's popular version is the one being referenced.

The title comes from "Skewbald," an animal (usually a horse) with patches of brown on a coat of a color other than black. An Irish ballad of that title, dating back to the 18th century, came out of an actual horse race in which a skewbald surprisingly beat a grey mare. "Skewbald" evolved into "Skewball" and alternately "Stewball."

There have been recordings concerning the race by Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, the Weavers, Cisco Houston, Memphis Slim and the Coasters. Greenbriar Boys member Bob Yellin adapted the lyrics (particularly Cisco Houston's) and used a different melody, albeit one that's similiar to Johnny Ace's 1955 hit "Pledging My Love." (Subsequetly, John & Yoko used the tune for their "Happy Xmas [War Is Over]) Peter, Paul & Mary's hit used Yellen's melody but they wrote their own race horse lyrics.

The New Folks album also includes cuts from Hedy West, Jackie Washington and David Gude.

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Stir It Up Bob Marley & Wailers 1967 (early)
Jamaican Wail 'N' Soul M (no #)
Johnny Nash, Wailers (1973 for Island)
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Stoned Soul Picnic Laura Nyro 1-9-68
on lp Columbia 9626 Eli & The Thirteenth Confession
5th Dimension
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Stoney End Laura Nyro 7-13-66
Verve Folkways 5024
Laura Nyro (11-66 on lp Verve Folkways 3020 More Than A New Discovery), Peggy Lipton, Barbra Streisand
Nyro's single and album versions use the same backing track but the vocal takes are different, including some lyric variations.

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Stop Your Sobbing Kinks 8-64
on lp Reprise 6143 You Really Got Me
Pretenders
For whatever significance it is, Pretenders vocalist Chrissie Hynde and Kinks singer Ray Davies had a daughter in 1983.

Stormy Monday see Call It Stormy Monday
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Stormy Weather Leo Reisman & Orch. w/ Harold Arlen
2-28-33
Victor 24262/24716
Guy Lombardo (4-12-33), Ethel Waters (5-3-33), Duke Ellington (5-16-33), Lena Horne, Five Sharps
The song was written for a revue at Harlem's famed Cotton Club, with the intent of having Cab Calloway introduce it. Calloway was not appearing at the club at the time though and the song's writers (Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler) decided it was equally suited for a woman. Ethel Waters became their choice but before she debuted it, Arlen cut it and had a hit. Waters recorded hers a few months later and "Stormy Weather" became her signature tune.

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Straight From The Heart Ian Lloyd 1980
on lp Scotti Bros. 7110 3WC (Third Wave Civilization)
Bryan Adams
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Straight Life, The Sonny Curtis c. 5-68
Viva 630
Bobby Goldsboro, Bing Crosby (11-21-68), Glen Campbell
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Stranded In The Jungle Jayhawks 1956
Flash 109
Cadets, Gadabouts, New York Dolls
The Jayhawks' record charted well in its day, but I think it's been lost to history, having been completely overshadowed by the Cadets' (and others).

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Strangers In The Night (as "Beddy Bye") Bert Kaempfert 3-8-66
on lp Decca 74750 A Man Could Get Killed ost
Bert Kaempfert (4-4-66 on lp Decca 74795 Strangers In The Night), Jack Jones, Frank Sinatra (4-11-66)
Only early pressings of the soundtrack album list the title as "Beddy Bye." Both of Kaempfert's recordings were instrumentals.

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Strawberry Letter 23 Shuggie Otis 1971
Epic 10798
Brothers Johnson
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Streets Of Bakersfield Homer Joy 1972
Capitol 3476
Buck Owens, Dwight Yoakam & Buck Owens
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Streets Of London Ralph McTell 11-68
on lp UK Transatlantic 177 Spiral Staircase
Ralph McTell (1974 for UK Warner Bros./US 20th Century), Joan Baez, Anti-Nowhere League (often wrongly identified as the Sex Pistols), Sinead O'Connor
McTell, born Ralph May, changed his name in tribute to Blind Willie Mctell. He wrote "Streets" in the mid 1960s while busking around Europe and reluctantly recorded it for his second album, prompted by producer Gus Dudgeon. Unlike his first LP (Eight Frames A Second), Spiral Staircase wasn't released in the States. An alternate take of the first "Streets" (with overdubs) was included though on a repackaged version of McTell's 1971 You Well-Meaning Brought Me Here album, issued on US Paramount 6015.

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Substitute Righteous Bros. 1975
Capitol/Haven 7014
Clout, Gloria Gaynor
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Such A Night Drifters 11-12-53
Atlantic 1019
Johnnie Ray (2-16-54), Elvis Presley
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Sue Me, Sue You Blues Jesse Davis (aka Jesse Ed Davis) 1972
Atco 6873
George Harrison
George Harrison wrote "Sue Me, Sue Your Blues" in response to the protracted legal battles following the Beatles' breakup and issues with their collective company Apple Corps.

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Sugar On Sunday Tommy James 1968
on lp Roulette 42023 Crimson And Clover
Clique
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Sugarbush (Vastrap) Josef Marais & His Bushveld Band 1-29-46
Decca 23691 B
Doris Day & Frankie Laine, Josef Marais & Miranda (1952 for Columbia), Eve Boswell
"Sugarbush" was adapted from the South African song "Suikerbossie," that country's national flower.

Marais' original was issued as part of a six disc 78 set (Decca A-471), Songs Of The South African Veld, Volume One. Josef's wife Miranda accompanies him on many of the selctions but not "Sugarbush."

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Sugaree Dennis Lotis 3-56
UK Pye Nixa 15042
Jordanaires (11-56), Rusty York
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Sugartime Charlie Phillips 7-18-57
Coral 61908
McGuire Sisters (11-13-57), Johnny Cash
The melody was adapted from Chico Marx's "Lucky Little Penny" aka "I'm Daffy Over You."

Phillips' recording included Buddy Holly on guitar

Charlie Phillips' 1956 demo has been issued.

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Summer Set Mr. Acker Bilk & His Paramount Jazz Band 1959
Atco 6160
Monty Kelly
Summer Wind see Sommerwind, Der
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Summer Wine Lee Hazlewood w/ Suzi Jane Hokom     6-27-66
MGM 13664
Nancy Sinatra (late 1966)
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Summertime Helen Jepson 10-23-35
Victor 11881
Billie Holiday (7-10-36), Anne Brown, Chris Columbo Quintet, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Herbie Mann, Zombies, Billy Stewart, Janis Joplin et al.
Written for the character Clara, played by Abbie Mitchell, in the original 1935 stage production of Porgy & Bess. The only recording of Mitchell performing "Summertime" is from a July 19, 1935 rehearsal, which was released on a 1991 CD entitled Gershwin Performs Gershwin: Rare Recordings 1931-1935 (Music Mastsers Jazz). The Porgy & Bess Original Cast album released by Decca has Anne Browne—who played Bess—singing "Summertime," and was recorded in 1940. (Apparently it wasn't uncommon to have a "cast" album done by an abbreviated lineup as a cost-saving measure.)

While the original 1935 cast consisted of black actors/vocalists, the 78 issue featured white opera singers. "Summertime" appears twice on this, first as a prelude combined with Lawrence Tibbett singing "A Woman Is A Sometime Thing," then Jepson's full version. The abbreviated recording was cut a week earlier on 10-14-35.

Jepson's record was issued as part of a four 12" 78 set of Porgy & Bess selections (Victor C 25).

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Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore), The Frankie Valli c. 6-65
Smash 1995
Walker Bros., Nielsen/Pearson
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Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down Ray Stevens 5-27-69
Monument 1163
Kris Kristofferson (4 to 10-69), Johnny Cash (7-10-70)
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Sunny Mieko Hirota 1965
on lp Japanese Columbia JPS 5067 Hit Kit Miko Vol. 2
Dave Pike, Bobby Hebb
American jazz bassist Ben Tucker supposedly took Bobby Hebb's demo and sheet music to Japan in 1965, which is probably how Japanese singer Hirota picked up the song. Another factor could have been that she performed at the Newport Jazz Festival that year.

On the two songs performed in English on Hirota's album—"Sunny" and "The Message" (written by Ben Tucker)—she's backed by the Billy Taylor Trio.

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Superman Clique 1969
White Whale 312/323
R.E.M.
Superstar see Groupie
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Sure As I'm Sittin' Here John Hiatt 7-73
Epic 11095
3 Dog Night
Sure Gonna Miss Her see I'm Sure Going To Miss Her
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Surprise, Surprise Lulu 1965
on lp Parrot 71016 From Lulu With Love
Rolling Stones, Underdogs
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Suspicion Elvis Presley 3-19-62
on lp RCA Victor LPM/LSP 2523 Pot Luck
Terry Stafford
In response to Terry Stafford's hit version, Presley's was relased on a 1964 45 (RCA Victor 0639).

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Suspicious Minds Mark James 1968
Scepter 12221
Elvis Presley, Dee Dee Warwick, Waylon Jennings & Jessi Colter, Fine Young Cannibals
Mark James wrote the song under his real name, Francis Zambon.

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Suzanne Judy Collins 1966 (summer)
Elektra lp 7320 In My Life
Leonard Cohen (10-20 to 31-67), Joan Baez, Noel Harrison, Neil Diamond, Peter Gabriel
Writer Leonard Cohen was inspired by an encounter with the wife a Montreal sculptor friend of his, Suzanne Verdal.

Collins' original was also issued on a 1972 45, Elektra 45791.

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Sway Dean Martin 4-22-54
Captiol 2818
Bobby Rydell
Swayin' To The Music see Slow Dancin'
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Sweet And Innocent Bobby Denton 1958
Judd 1001
Roy Orbison (10-20-58), Donny Osmond
Even though Denton's, Orbison's and Osmond's records are all credited to writers Billy Sherrill and Rick Hall, Donny's is a rewrite (his was even produced by Rick Hall). I'm hoping to get more information on this so stay tuned...or let me know if you have insights.

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Sweet Blindness Laura Nyro 1-8-68
on lp Columbia 9626 Eli & The Thirteenth Confession
5th Dimension
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Sweet Dreams Don Gibson 9-12-55
MGM 12194
Faron Young (4-27-56), Patsy Cline, Don Gibson (1960 for RCA), Tommy McLain, Emmylou Harris, Reba McEntire, Elvis Costello
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Sweet Georgia Brown Ben Bernie 3-19-25
Vocalion 15002
Bing Crosby, Brother Bones, Coasters, Beatles & Tony Sheridan
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Sweet Home Chicago Robert Johnson 11-23-36
Vocalion 03601
Junior Parker, Luther Allison, Freddie King, Foghat, Blues Bros.
Robert Johnson was no doubt influenced by Scrapper Blackwell's 1928 "Kokomo Blues" (Vocalion 1192) and/or Kokomo Arnold's subsequent version titled "Old Original Kokomo Blues" (1934, Decca 7026).

Sweet Little Angel see Black Angel Blues
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Sweet Sixteen Joe Turner 1-20-52
Atlantic 960
B.B. King (many times), Chuck Berry
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Sweet Surrender John Denver 3-9-74
on lp RCA Victor 1-0548 Back Home Again
John Denver (9-74, RCA Victor 10148)
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Sweetest Thing (I've Ever Known), The Juice Newton & Silver Spur 6-75
RCA 10412
Juice Newton (1981 for Capitol)
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Sweetheart Bee Gees 9-26-69
Atco 6741
Engelbert Humperdinck
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Sweetheart Rainy Davis 1986
Super Tronics 013
JD & Mariah (aka Jermaine Dupri & Mariah Carey)
The original was also included as the title cut on Rainy Davis's debut album (Columbia 40635), issued in 1987.

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Swing Low, Sweet Chariot Fisk University Jubilee Quartet 12-1-1909
Victor 16453
Paul Robeson, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Jordanaires, Peggy Lee, Johnny Cash, Etta James, Staple Singers, B. B. King, Eric Clapton et al.
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Swingin' Safari, A (aka Match Game Theme) Bert Kaempfert 3-6-62
on lp Decca 4305 That Happy Feeling
Billy Vaughn
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Swingin' Tight Keith (Powell) & Billie (Davis) 1966
UK Piccadilly 35340
Bill Deal & Rhondels
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Swinging On A Star Bing Crosby 2-7-44
Decca 18597
Big Dee Irwin
Introduced by Crosby in the 1944 film Going My Way and winner of that year's Academy Award®.

Swiss Maid, The see Fair Swiss Maiden