Peggy's Lee's version is not "the easy one." It does not qualify. Her version of "Fever" came out in 1958 which was two years after Little Willie John's version. It was not a cover. It was not released to compete with Little Willie's John's record.
It was Smiley Lewis and not Fats Domino that recorded "One Night Of Sin." "One Night" is a song written by Dave Bartholomew, Pearl King, and Anita Steinman. It was an R&B hit for Smiley, before being recorded with greater commercial success by Elvis Presley late in 1958. The Elvis version was not a cover, but a remake. (Without the "sin" part!).
Chuck Willis's "What Am I Living For" was a hit in mid-1958. The Conway Twitty version was not a cover but a remake.
Please re-read my original post to see how I clear described (for the sake of this discussion) what I consider a cover to be. None of your three examples apply.
Your statement about the versions of "Mack The Knife" is absolutely correct. "Covers" were not involved there.
Please read me response to Lorne. I believe that a cover (a real one) may be in fact the last instance of what I was looking for ... and the original hit made #1 on the chart.
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