Alone Again (Naturally)

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For the album by Andy Williams, see Alone Again (Naturally) (album).
"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. Alone Again (Naturally) was also featured in a scene in Stuart Little 2, in a scene where Stuart tries to make some friends in the clasroom and do various activities with them. However, everyone rejects him (even George, because he is way too small for a basketball game), leaving Stuart to feel extremely lonely.

In 1986, O'Sullivan's original "Alone Again (Naturally)" was used as the opening theme for one episode of the anime TV series Maison Ikkoku; the same episode used O'Sullivan's 1973 hit "Get Down" as the ending theme. At the time, O'Sullivan was signed to Kitty Records, sister company of the anime's production company, Kitty Film, and Kitty wanted to use the songs to promote O'Sullivan's career in Japan. The anime's director, Kazuo Yamazaki, revealed some time later that the reason the songs were dropped after only one episode was that they were unpopular with fans. Due to licensing issues, the songs were not included in the English-language release of the series in the United States.[5]

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)"
  5. ^ "Maison Ikkoku FAQ," Furinkan.com. Retrieved 8 August 2014.

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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