Substitute (The Righteous Brothers song)

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Single by The Righteous Brothers
from the album The Sons of Mrs. Righteous
B-side "Young Blood"
Released 1975
Length 3:18 min
Label Capitol Records
Writer(s) Willie Harry Wilson
Producer(s) Dennis Lambert, Brian Potter
The Righteous Brothers singles chronology
"Never Say I Love You"
"Hold On (To What You Got)"

"Substitute" is a song by Willie H. Wilson, recorded first by The Righteous Brothers and released as single from their album The Sons of Mrs. Righteous in 1975.[1]

Single by Clout
B-side "When will you be mine"
Released January 1978
Recorded November 1977
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:28
Label Sunshine Records Production
Producer(s) Grahame Beggs
Clout singles chronology
"Since You've Been Gone" (1977) "Substitute" "You've Got All of Me" (1978)

Clout version[edit]

In 1978, the song became a big hit for the South African band Clout, reaching #2 in the UK charts in August and achieving sales of 500,000 copies.[2] It fared even better in the rest of Europe where it reached #1 in Germany, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Belgium, Ireland as well as Australia and New Zealand. This version was produced by Grahame Beggs.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Substitute" (W.H. Wilson) – 3:28
  2. "When Will You Be Mine" (Carolyne Martin) – 2:59

Other versions[edit]

A version by Australian group Peaches also charted locally at the same time, but was out-charted by the Clout track.

It was also covered by Gloria Gaynor in 1978 and by Polish-Swedish singer and actor Izabella Scorupco in 1990.


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  2. ^ Online Music Week Magazine, UK Charts