To Sir With Love (song)

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"To Sir With Love"
U.S. vinyl release (Epic Records)
Single by Lulu
from the album To Sir, with Love
B-side "It's Getting Harder All the Time" (The Mindbenders) (UK)
The Boat That I Row (US)
Released 1967
Format 7" single
Genre Pop
Length 2:47
Label Epic
Writer(s) Don Black, Mark London
Producer(s) Mickie Most

"To Sir With Love" is the theme from the 1967 film To Sir, with Love. The song was written by Don Black and Mark London, husband of Lulu's longtime manager Marion Massey. The recording session was produced by Mickie Most, and arranged and conducted by Don Leander.

"To Sir With Love" was initially recorded by Lulu (with The Mindbenders, who also acted in the film). It was released as a single in the United States in 1967 and reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, remaining in the top position for five weeks and earning the No. 1 position for the entire year in the process. Canada's RPM Magazine put the song at No. 2 for the year 1967. In fact, the song holds the distinction of being the only song by a British artist to hit No. 1 on the US charts and not even chart in the UK, where it only appeared as a B-side to "Let's Pretend" (released in the UK on 23 June 1967), which reached No. 11 on the UK Singles Chart.

Tina Arena version[edit]

"To Sir With Love"
Single by Tina Arena
from the album Songs of Love & Loss
Released 24 November 2007 (2007-11-24)
Format Paid download
Recorded 2007 in London
Genre Pop
Length 3:38
Label EMI
Producer(s) Duck Blackwell, Paul Guardiani
Tina Arena singles chronology
"Entends-tu le monde?"
"To Sir with Love"
"Oh Me, Oh My"

Australian singer Tina Arena released her version of the song as the first single from her 2007 album Songs of Love & Loss.

Other cover versions[edit]


Preceded by
"The Letter" by Box Tops
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
(Lulu version)

October 21, 1967 - November 18, 1967 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Incense and Peppermints" by Strawberry Alarm Clock