Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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I Will Follow Him

First recorded (in French) as “Chariot” by Petula Clark (UK #39/FRA #1/BEL #8 1962).
Also recorded (in English) as “I Will Follow Him” by Petula Clark (DEN #4 1963).
Other hit version by Little Peggy March (US #1/R&B #1/AUS #1/NZ #1/JPN #1 1963).

From the wiki: “‘I Will Follow Him’ is the translation of the French language tune ‘Chariot’ recorded in 1962 by Petula Clark. The music was written by Franck Pourcel, using the pseudonym J.W. Stole, and Paul Mauriat (‘Love is Blue‘), using the pseudonym ‘Del Roma’. Clark’s French-language version hit #1 in France and #8 in Belgium and earned Clark a gold record. Her English-language version, with lyrics by Norman Gimbel and Franck Pourcel, was released in early 1963 by Pye in the UK and by Laurie in the USA with no chart impact – but Clark’s English-language version did peak at #4 on the Danish music chart. Clark also recorded Italian and German versions of the song, with her Italian version, ‘Sul mio carro’, reaching #4 in Italy, and her German version, ‘Cheerio’, reaching #6 in Germany.

“Little Peggy March (born Margaret Annemarie Battavio) was discovered in 1961 singing at her cousin’s wedding where she was introduced to the record producers Hugo & Luigi. They gave her the nickname ‘Little Peggy March’ because she was only 4 ft 9 in tall and only 13 years old, and because her birthday was in March.

“On April 24, 1963, her single ‘I Will Follow Him’ soared to #1 on the U.S. charts. March became the youngest female artist with a #1 hit, at 15, in late April 1963, a record that still stands for the Billboard Hot 100. The recording also took the #1 spot in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan, and Scandinavia.”

Petula Clark, “I Will Follow Him” (1963):

Little Peggy March, “I Will Follow Him” TV performance (1963):

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