BEFORE IT WAS A HIT SONG…
These songs are well known but you may not know about the earlier attempts to score a hit record with prior versions of the same song.
Could It Be Magic
When Take That covered "Could It Be Magic", the single propelled the UK boy band to a wider fan base. The remake peaked at #3 in Britain in 1992 and helped break them into new territories.
Barry Manilow had composed the song based around Chopin's "Prelude In C Minor". Lyrics were written by Adrienne Anderson. Manilow's original version was released in 1971 and credited to Featherbed featuring Barry Manilow. It flopped.
He re-recorded "Could It Be Magic" 2 years later for his self-titled debut album. In 1975, the new take was finally issued as a single. This time, it reached the Top 10 in America and Canada. In Britain, the single peaked at #25.
Donna Summer gave Manilow's ballad a disco makeover. On her 1976 album 'A Love Trilogy', the song was injected with an edgy sensuality. Summer's interpretation was released as a single and fared particularly well in Europe. In the UK, it cracked the Top 40. On the US Soul Chart the track reached #21. Her remake proved particularly popular with dance fans and peaked at #3 on the Disco Chart.
Each new song will be added to the spotify playlist named: ‘Before It Was A Hit Song’. You can check out the previous earlier / original versions of the hit songs you know and love.
The playlist and other Caffe` Latte` selections can be found at: