Suddenly There's a Valley

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"Suddenly There's a Valley" is a popular song written by Chuck Meyer and Biff Jones and published in 1955.

The song was a major hit for Gogi Grant (one of only two major ones she had, and one of three that charted for her) in 1955. Her recording was issued by Era Records as catalog number 1003 and reached Billboard's Top 10. The song was also recorded by Jo Stafford (Columbia Records catalog number 40559) and Julius La Rosa (Cadence Records catalog number 1270). Edith Piaf recorded a French-language version, "Soudain une valléé" in February 1956 which outsold all previous versions of the song in Europe, but she never performed it on stage. There was also a cover version by Jane Froman. On the Cash Box Best-Selling Record chart, where all versions were combined, the song reached #8. The Mills Brothers also hit the Billboard Top 100 with their version, not listed as a best-seller by Cashbox. In early 1960, the song was recorded by Dorsey Burnette, and subsequently released again on the Era label as a single (Era 3205). In 1960, it was also sung by The Drifters and Andy Williams.

In the United Kingdom, a 1955 version by Petula Clark became a Top Ten hit in the UK Singles Chart. It was her third hit single.[1] It competed in the chart with a version by Lee Lawrence, which peaked at No. 14.[2]

A German version was recorded on 1 December 1955 by Vera Lynn, under the title "Folge dem Rat deines Herzens (Follow your heart's advice)", and was released as a single in early 1956 on Decca (D 18 172).

In 1964, The Kingsmen used the song on a gospel album of the same name.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 108. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 314. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.