Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Tagged: Petula Clark

Happy Heart

Co-written and first recorded (as an instrumental) by The James Last Orchestra (1969).
Hit versions by Nick DeCaro (MOR #22 1969), Petula Clark (US #62/MOR #12 1969/AUS #22), Andy Williams (US #22/MOR #1/UK #19/AUS #22 1969).

From the wiki: “‘Happy Heart’ was written by James Last and Jackie Rae, and was first recorded as an instrumental by The James Last Orchestra in 1969. It was first covered by Nick DeCaro, a version which enjoyed modest success in the US on the Billboard Easy Listening chart. ‘Happy Heart’ would go on to be recorded by both Petula Clark and Andy Williams, and released as a single by each almost simultaneously in 1969. Clark’s ‘Happy Heart’ reached #12 on the Easy Listening chart and #62 on the Billboard Hot 100; Williams’ version peaked at #22 on the Billboard Hot 100, #19 in the UK, and spent two weeks at #1 on the Billboard Easy Listening chart. Clark was reportedly dismayed when Williams was a guest star on her second TV special, with the plan to perform ‘Happy Heart’ at the time each were planning to launch ‘Happy Heart’ as their next respective single.

I Will Follow Him

First recorded as “Chariot” (in French) by Petula Clark (1962).
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, released in early 1963 by Pye in the UK and by Laurie in the USA, had no chart impact on either side of the Atlantic Ocean.

Let Me Be the One

Originally recorded by Cathy Carlson (1970).
Also recorded by Petula Clark (1971).
Hit album version by The Carpenters (1971).

From the wiki: “A native of Ontario, Oregon, Cathy Carlson appeared on ‘The Tonight Show’ in the late 1960s and early ‘70s, and on the annual Jerry Lewis Telethon for Muscular Dystrophy as a regular performer for several years. Carlson and Lewis were good friends and he was her daughter’s godfather. ‘Let Me Be the One’ (co-written by Paul Williams) was recorded in December 1970 and released in 1971 as the B-side to ‘God Bless the Child’.”

Call Me

First recorded by Petula Clark (1965).
Hit version by Chris Montez (US #22/MOR #2 1966).

From the wiki: “Petula Clark’s professional career began as an entertainer on BBC Radio during World War II. During the 1950s she started recording in French and having international success in both French and English, with such songs as ‘The Little Shoemaker’ and ‘With All My Heart’. During the 1960s she became known globally for her popular upbeat hits, including ‘Downtown’, ‘I Know a Place’, ‘Don’t Sleep in the Subway’. ‘Call Me’ first appeared as the title cut on a Petula Clark EP released in 1965 by Pye in the UK.

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