The Wonder of You

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This article is about the song. For the albums, see The Wonder of You (Nelson Riddle album) and The Wonder of You (The Sandpipers album).

"The Wonder of You" is a song written by Baker Knight. In 1959, Ray Peterson released it as a single. The song became a Top 40 hit for him on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #25. That same year it was recorded by Ronnie Hilton in the United Kingdom, his version reaching #22 on the UK Singles Chart. The Ray Peterson record briefly re-entered the Hot 100 in 1964. In the early 1960s, the Platters also recorded this song, which appeared on a 1970s compilation "The Platters--30 Golden Hits". In 1969, The Sandpipers recorded an album of the same name including the song. An album of instrumentals of the same name by Nelson Riddle was also released in 2000.

Elvis Presley version[edit]

"The Wonder of You"
Single by Elvis Presley
from the album On Stage: February 1970
B-side "Mama Liked the Roses"
Released April 20, 1970 (1970-04-20)
Label RCA
Writer(s) Baker Knight

Elvis Presley recorded a version of "The Wonder of You" which was released as a single on July, 1970. Its b-side song was "Mama Liked the Roses". In the United States, both songs charted at #9 together in the spring of 1970, though "The Wonder of You" was one of his most successful records in the UK ever, topping the UK Singles Chart for six weeks in the summer of that year. It also stayed at number one in the Irish Charts for three weeks that same year. This was the 59th Top 40 hit of his career. "The Wonder of You" was one of about thirty five songs he would play live in concert, never recording it in a studio. Presley's version also reached number 37 on the US Country Singles chart, and number one on the easy listening chart.[1]

It was the first of three singles during his lifetime that were recorded live in concert in Las Vegas, Nevada in February 1970.

Peterson himself relates a telling tale: "He [Elvis] asked me if I would mind if he recorded 'The Wonder of You.' I said, 'You don't have to ask permission; you're Elvis Presley.' He said, 'Yes, I do. You're Ray Peterson.'"[2]

Popularity in Football[edit]

The song has been adopted by English Football team Port Vale who run out to the song at the start of their home matches, the supporters also periodically chant altered lyrics to the song.[3] The song is also sung by the club's fans throughout their matches. Arsenal also adopted the song as their club anthem, and played it at the beginning of every home match until the of the 2012-13 season when it was discontinued. Scottish SPL outfit Ross County have also adopted the song as their anthem, they play it after home matches.

Other recordings[edit]

Uruguayan punkabilly band Rudos Wild recorded the song for their album "Psychos With Wax!" in 2007. https://www.myspace.com/rudoswild

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 196. 
  2. ^ "David Neale - Elvis Presley The Originals". 
  3. ^ "The Wonder Of You Chant". fanchants.com. 30 Jul 2007. Retrieved 2009-02-06. 

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Preceded by
"Daughter of Darkness" by Tom Jones
Billboard Easy Listening Singles number-one single (Elvis Presley version)
June 20, 1970
Succeeded by
"A Song of Joy" by Miguel Ríos
Preceded by
"In the Summertime" by Mungo Jerry
UK number one single (Elvis Presley version)
August 1, 1970 for six weeks
Succeeded by
"The Tears of a Clown" by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles