The Minute You're Gone

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"The Minute You're Gone"
Single by Cliff Richard
B-side "Just Another Guy"
(Neil Diamond)
Released 5 March 1965
Format 7" single
Recorded 25 August 1964, Columbia Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, United States[1]
Genre Pop
Length 2:19
Writer(s) Jimmy Gately[1]
Producer(s) Norrie Paramor[1]
Cliff Richard singles chronology
"I Could Easily Fall (in Love with You)"
(1964)
"The Minute You're Gone"
(1965)
"Blue Turns To Grey"
(1965)

"The Minute You're Gone" is a song recorded by Cliff Richard, that spent a week at number one in the UK Singles Chart in April 1965.[1][2] The single provided Richard with his eighth UK number one. It was also the first UK chart topper that Richard recorded without The Shadows.[1]

In an interview with The Mail On Sunday in 2008,[3] Richard said of the song:

"This is a real hidden gem in many ways because, although it reached No1 in Britain, it wasn't even released in America. At that time, The Beatles were taking off in the States and anyone who had a No. 1 here was guaranteed a top five there, including The Bachelors, who weren't rock artists as such but had a huge hit. I thought it was my big chance but the US record company said it wasn't right for their market. Hello? What wasn’t right? It was No. 1 in many countries."

The song was written by Jimmy Gately, a Nashville, Tennessee based fiddle player and singer. This song originally made No. 95 in the US charts and No. 9 in the country charts for Sonny James in 1963.[1] It was also recorded by Al Martino and Loretta Lynn.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 91. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 177. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ Hoyle, Antonia (2008-11-02). "Free CD of Cliff Richard's greatest hits in today's Mail on Sunday | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 

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Preceded by
"Concrete and Clay" by Unit 4 + 2
UK number-one single
15 April 1965
Succeeded by
"Ticket to Ride" by The Beatles