Help Yourself (Tom Jones song)

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"Help Yourself"
Single by Tom Jones
from the album Help Yourself
B-side "Day By Day" (Mills)
Released July 1968
Format 7"
Recorded 1968
Genre Pop
Label Decca F 12812 (UK)
Parrot (US)
Writer(s) Carlo Donida, Jack Fishman
Producer(s) Peter Sullivan
Tom Jones singles chronology
"Delilah"
(1968)
"Help Yourself"
(1968)
"A Minute of Your Time"
(1968)
"Gli Occhi Miei"
Single by Dino
B-side Passano
Released 1968
Label Arc
Writer(s) Carlo Donida, Mogol

"Help Yourself" is a 1968 song performed by Tom Jones. The song is one of Jones' best known songs and reached the top 5 in the United Kingdom in its original run. It topped the charts in Ireland, Germany and Australia. The American single reached Billboard peaks of #35 pop and #3 easy listening, and is still widely played on adult-standards radio.

"Help Yourself" is a reworked English-language version of the Italian song "Gli Occhi Miei", which was written by Carlo Donida with lyrics by Mogol and originally performed by both Dino (Eugenio Zambelli[1]) and Wilma Goich at the 1968 Sanremo festival. Jack Fishman wrote the English lyrics, which bear no relation to the original Italian.

The song is featured in the movie Anchorman.

Chart (1968) Peak
position
United Kingdom (Record Retailer) 5[2]
United Kingdom (NME) 1[3]
United States (Billboard Hot 100) 35[4]
United States (Billboard Easy Listening) 3[4]
Ireland (Irish Singles Chart) 1

Tony Ferrino version[edit]

The song was recorded by comedian Steve Coogan in character as Tony Ferrino. The track was used in the TV show, included on an album and released as a single in November 1996, reaching #42 in the UK singles chart.

Other Cover Versions[edit]

  • In 1973, Hong Kong female singer/artist Sum Sum (森森), also recorded the song in Mandarin Chinese language with Chinese lyrics (different from Billie Tam's version) written by Shu Yun (舒雲) and given the title name of 我比花兒好年華, on her 春雨傘‧森森玉女團南遊專輯 LP album with EMI Regal Records.
  • Between 1972 and 1974, this song was covered by Singapore-based female singer Ervinna, backing music by the Charlie & His Boys, on her LP album Golden Hits Of 20th Century Vol. 4 with White Cloud Record of Singapore.
  • In the 1970s this song was frequently performed by Soviet baritone singer Muslim Magomayev.
  • In 1978, the song was covered by Filipino singer Sam Sorono (1950–2008) on his Sings Tom Jones' Greatest Hits LP album with EMI Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dino discography at Discogs
  2. ^ "Artist Chart History Details: Tom Jones". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 8 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Rees, Dafydd; Lazell, Barry; Osborne, Roger (1995). Forty Years of "NME" Charts (2nd ed.). Pan Macmillan. p. 198. ISBN 0-7522-0829-2. 
  4. ^ a b "allmusic ((( Tom Jones > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 8 August 2010. 

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