Any Day Now (Chuck Jackson song)

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This article is about the 1962 Bacharach-Hilliard song. For other songs with the same title, see Any Day Now (disambiguation).
"Any Day Now"
Written by Burt Bacharach, Bob Hilliard
Written 1962
Recorded by Chuck Jackson, Alan Price, Elvis Presley, Ronnie Milsap

"Any Day Now" is a popular song written by Burt Bacharach and Bob Hilliard in 1962. It has been recorded by numerous artists over the years, including notable versions by Chuck Jackson in 1962, Alan Price in 1965, Elvis Presley in 1969, and Ronnie Milsap in 1982.

Chuck Jackson[edit]

Jackson, an R&B singer born in South Carolina in 1937, recorded the first version of the song to hit the Billboard Hot 100 chart; it reached number twenty-three in 1962 with the title "Any Day Now (My Wild Beautiful Bird)" and spent six weeks in the Top 40. Jackson's version appeared on his album, which was also titled Any Day Now. The song was Jackson's highest charting hit on the US pop chart, and also peaked at number two for three weeks on the Hot Black Sides chart.[1]

Elvis Presley[edit]

Presley recorded a cover version of "Any Day Now" on 20 February 1969 at American Sound studios, Memphis, Tennessee. This version appeared on his acclaimed album of that year, From Elvis in Memphis. Although not released as a single in its own right, the song appeared as the B-side to Presley's #3 US pop hit, "In the Ghetto", which appeared on the same album.

Ronnie Milsap[edit]

"Any Day Now"
Single by Ronnie Milsap
from the album Inside
Released April 1982
Format 7"
Recorded 1981
Genre Country
Length 3:42
Label RCA
Writer(s) Burt Bacharach and Bob Hilliard
Producer(s) Tom Collins and Ronnie Milsap
Ronnie Milsap singles chronology
"I Wouldn't Have Missed It for the World"
(1981)
"Any Day Now"
(1982)
"He Got You"
(1982)

Milsap, a popular country / pop singer, recorded the most widely known version of the song. It was the lead single from his 1982 album, Inside, and it peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, spending nine weeks in the Top 40. In addition, this version went to #1 on both the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart (for one week) as well as the Hot Adult Contemporary Singles chart (for five weeks). It also went to #1 on Canadian Country and Adult Contemporary (for three weeks) Charts.

Milsap's producer, Tom Collins, encouraged Milsap to make the song sound different from the original by Chuck Jackson. As a result, Milsap recorded it in a different key and sang it softly.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 14
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Australian Kent Music Report[3] 96
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks[4] 1
1982 Year-End Chart Position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles[5] 37
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[5] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[5] 83
U.S. Cashbox Top 100[6] 95
Preceded by
"Ebony and Ivory" by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
June 19, 1982
Succeeded by
"Even the Nights Are Better" by Air Supply
Preceded by
"Slow Hand"
by Conway Twitty
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

July 3, 1982
Succeeded by
"Don't Worry 'bout Me Baby"
by Janie Fricke
Preceded by
"Tears of the Lonely"
by Mickey Gilley
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

July 3, 1982 – July 17, 1982
Succeeded by
"Take Me Down"
by Alabama

Other versions[edit]

  • Bill Medley included this song on his 1969 album Soft and Soulful.
  • Country singer Don Gibson also released a version of "Any Day Now," which reached the Top 40 of the Billboard country music chart in 1979.
  • Singer Percy Sledge recorded "Any Day Now" in 1969, and this version reached thirty-five on the Billboard R&B chart and eighty-six on the Hot 100.[7]
  • James Brown included a version of "Any Day Now" on his 1969 album "It's a Mother".
  • Carla Thomas included a version of "Any Day Now" on her 1967 album "The Queen Alone".
  • In Italy cover of the song - with the title "Bambolina" - have been released along Sixties by various groups and singers among whom the beat group I Corvi (1967) and Mal Ryder - a.k.a. Mal dei Primitives - (1968)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 281. 
  2. ^ Rich, Kienzle (2004). Ultimate Ronnie Milsap (CD booklet). Ronnie Milsap. RCA Records. 82876. 
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  4. ^ "Library and Archives Canada". RPM Weekly. July 10, 1982. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Billboard. "Ronnie Milsap - Any Day Now". billboard.com. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Cashbox Countdowns". Year-End Charts 1982. December 25, 1982. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 533. 
  • Roland, Tom, The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits (Billboard Books, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 1991 (ISBN 0-82-307553-2).
  • Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  • Whitburn, Joel, Top Country Songs: 1944-2005, 2006.
  • Whitburn, Joel, Top Pop Songs: 1955-2006, 2007.

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