Alone Again (Naturally)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
"Alone Again (Naturally)"
Single by Gilbert O'Sullivan
from the album Himself (US, 1972)
B-side "Save It"
Released 1972
Format 7"
Recorded 1971
Genre Soft rock[1]
Length 3:36
Label MAM
Writer(s) Gilbert O'Sullivan
Producer(s) Gilbert O'Sullivan
Gilbert O'Sullivan singles chronology
"No Matter How I Try"
(1971)
"Alone Again (Naturally)"
(1972)
"Ooh-Wakka-Do-Wakka-Day"
(1972)

"Alone Again (Naturally)" is a song by Irish singer–songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan. It was released in 1972 at the same time as, but not on, the album, Back to Front. In total, the single spent six weeks, non-consecutively, at #1 on the United States Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. In Casey Kasem's American 'Top 40 of the 1970s', "Alone Again (Naturally)" ranked as the fifth most-popular song of the decade (Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Life" was #1). "Alone Again (Naturally)" also spent six weeks at number one on the Easy Listening chart.[2] The track reached #3 in the UK Singles Chart.[3]

It is an introspective ballad, starting with the singer telling of his plans to commit suicide after being left at the altar, and then telling about the death of his parents. O'Sullivan has said that the song is not autobiographical, as he did not know his father (who died when O'Sullivan was 11) very well, and that his father had mistreated his mother. His mother was not dead at the time that his song was written.[4] "Alone Again (Naturally)" is included on O'Sullivan's The Berry Vest of Gilbert O'Sullivan album (2004) on the EMI record label. Big Jim Sullivan plays the guitar break in the original recorded version of the song.

The landmark 1991 copyright case Grand Upright Music, Ltd. v. Warner Bros. Records Inc. centered on the unauthorized use of a sample from "Alone Again (Naturally)" by rapper Biz Markie.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Soft Rock Music - What is Soft Rock? - Oldies Music Songs and Artists
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 187. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 411. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ "Alone Again (Naturally)"

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Lean on Me" by Bill Withers
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
July 29, 1972 (four weeks)
Succeeded by
"Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" by Looking Glass
Preceded by
"Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" by Looking Glass
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
September 2, 1972 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Black and White" by "Three Dog Night"
Preceded by
"Where Is the Love" by Roberta Flack and Donnie Hathaway
Billboard Easy Listening Singles number-one single
July 29, 1972 (six weeks)
Succeeded by
"The Guitar Man" by Bread