You're My World

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"You're My World"
Single by Cilla Black
B-side "Suffer Now I Must"
Released 1964
Format 7" single
Genre Easy listening
Length 2:58
Label Parlophone
Writer(s) Umberto Bindi, Gino Paoli, Carl Sigman
Producer(s) George Martin
Cilla Black singles chronology
"Anyone Who Had a Heart"
"You're My World"
"It's for You"

"You're My World" is a ballad originally recorded in 1963 as "Il Mio Mondo" ("My World") by Umberto Bindi, who co-wrote the Italian-language version with Gino Paoli. Rendered with English lyrics by Carl Sigman as "You're My World", the song has reached No. 1 in Australia (twice), Belgium, Mexico, Netherlands, South Africa and United Kingdom via recordings by Cilla Black, Daryl Braithwaite, Guys 'n' Dolls and Helen Reddy. (Black's and Reddy's versions reached the US Top 40 in 1964 and 1977, respectively.) The song also went to No. 1 in France and Spain via the respective translations "Ce monde" and "Mi Mundo", both sung by Richard Anthony.

1960s hit versions[edit]

Cilla Black[edit]

Although the original Italian version by composer Umberto Bindi was not a hit, even in Italy, the song came to the attention of UK record producer George Martin, who commissioned an English version to be recorded by his protégée Cilla Black.

Black cut the song — translated as "You're My World" — at Abbey Road Studios with Johnny Pearson conducting his orchestra and The Breakaways providing background vocals; Black has said that her manager and future husband Bobby Willis also sang on the track. Judd Proctor was the lead guitarist on the session.[1]

"You're My World" reached No. 1 in Britain on the chart dated 30 May 1964 and remained there for a total of four weeks, one week more than Black's preceding single "Anyone Who Had a Heart".[2] Although Black returned to the UK Top Ten eight times, "You're My World" was her final No. 1 hit.

Black's "You're My World" was also No. 1 in Australia for two weeks that July when it also spent three weeks at No. 2 in New Zealand while in South Africa the disc was the second biggest hit for the year 1964.[3] A Top Twenty hit in Denmark[1], the track also reached No. 12 in Canada,[4] No. 2 in Ireland, No. 8 in Norway[5] and No. 7 in Sweden.[6]

"You're My World" was the first track by Black to be released in the US, where the singer was signed to Capitol Records. Peaking at No. 26 in August 1964, "You're My World" was Black's only Top 40 hit in the United States.

An alternative take from the recording sessions which yielded the Cilla Black hit version of "You're My World" was later issued, with the opening notes being likened to be the sound of musicians tuning up. Both the 1964 versions, however, remain faithful to Bindi's strong vocal delivery and the instrumentation of his original recording in Italian.

Black remade "You're My World" in 1985 for her Surprisingly Cilla album and then again in 1993 for her Through the Years album; both tracks attempted to capture the original's orchestral quality via synthesizers.


Subsequent to the success of Cilla Black's "You're My World" in the English-speaking world, Richard Anthony recorded a translation for release in France as "Ce Monde", which was No. 1 for six weeks in the summer of 1964 and that autumn reached No. 3 in Belgium (Wallonia). Anthony also made the song a hit in its original Italian format, taking "Il Mio Mondo" into the Italian charts for the first time with a No. 20 peak in 1964/5. Anthony, who recorded the English rendition under the title "You Are My World", also reached No. 1 in Spain in January 1965 with the rendering "Mi Mundo" which afforded Anthony a concurrent Top Ten hit in Argentina despite a local version by Juan Ramón (es) - entitled "En Mi Mundo" - having reached the Argentine Top 20 in the autumn of 1964.

Paris-based German-born songstress Ria Bartok (fr) recorded "Ce Monde" for an EP released by Columbia/EMI (France) in September 1964: that same month the track was issued as 7" single Pathé 77-519 in Canada where it reached No. 1 on that nation's French-language chart.[7] Bartok also included "Mi Mundo" on a Spanish-language EP she recorded.[8]

The success of the Cilla Black version of "You're My World" in South Africa did not preclude the success of a local cover version by Ray Walter which rose as high as No. 2 on South Africa's weekly hit parade.

The Finnish language rendering of "You're My World" entitled "Olet kaikki" has become a pop music standard in Finland due to its success on the Finnish hit parade as recorded by Johnny Liebkind (fi) on October 26, 1968.

Preceded by
"Juliet" by The Four Pennies
UK #1 single
"You're My World" by Cilla Black
Succeeded by
"It's Over" by Roy Orbison
Preceded by
"Requests" EP:
"Long Tall Sally"/"Boys"/"I Call Your Name"
by The Beatles
Australian Kent Music Report #1 single
"You're My World" by Cilla Black

July 12, 1964 - July 18, 1964
Succeeded by
"A Hard Day's Night"/
"Things We Said Today"
by the Beatles
Preceded by
"J'y Pense et Puis J'oublie"
by Claude François
France #1 single
"Ce monde" by Richard Anthony

August 15, 1964 - September 19, 1964
Succeeded by
"Vous Permettez Monsieur?"
by Salvatore Adamo
Preceded by
"The House of the Rising Sun"
by the Animals
Spain #1 single
"Mi Mundo" by Richard Anthony

January 30, 1965
Succeeded by
"Vamos a la cama"
by Los Chavalitos

1970s hit versions[edit]

"You're My World"
Single by Helen Reddy
from the album Ear Candy
B-side "Thank You"
Released 1977
Format 7" single
Genre Easy listening
Length 2:41
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Umberto Bindi, Gino Paoli, Carl Sigman
Producer(s) Kim Fowley
Helen Reddy singles chronology
"You're My World"
"The Happy Girls"

Helen Reddy[edit]

"You're My World" became a Top 20 hit in the US in 1977 via a remake by Helen Reddy introduced on her album Ear Candy whose recording at Brother Studio in Santa Monica was helmed by veteran producer Kim Fowley with the assistance of Earle Mankey with arranging/conducting duties carried out by David Carr. Ritchie Blackmore has been credited with playing guitar on Reddy's recording of "You're My World":[9] Deep Purple, the group Blackmore had fronted, had been managed by Jeff Wald who in 1977 was Helen Reddy's manager and husband (Blackmore's name does not appear in the official credits listed on the Ear Candy album).

A smash hit in Chicago (chart peak: No. 4), Reddy's "You're My World" otherwise failed to break in any first-tier metropolitan market: the track did reach No. 2 in Buffalo and received moderate support in a number of regional markets, reaching a Billboard Hot 100 peak of No. 18 in July 1977. "You're My World" was thus Reddy's highest charting single since "Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady" almost two years previously, besting the No. 29 peak of "I Can't Hear You No More" the lead single off Reddy's precedent Music, Music album (although "You're My World" fell short of "I Can't Hear You No More"'s No. 1 Billboard A/C chart peak with a No.5 peak). However "You're My World" would prove to be Reddy's last Top 40 hit.

"You're My World" did afford Reddy a No. 1 hit in Mexico, where the track spent six months in the Top Ten from October 1977 to March 1978.

In the UK the Helen Reddy remake of "You're My World" was relegated to the B-side of another track from Ear Candy: the Becky Hobbs composition "Long Distance Love", which failed to chart upon its June 1977 release.

Reddy's 1978 concert album Live in London - recorded at the London Palladium - features the singer performing "You're My World".


Daryl Braithwaite of Sherbet remade "You're My World" as his first solo recording; released in October 1974 the track entered the Australian chart dated November 11, 1974 following Braithwaite's performing of "You're My World" on the debut episode of the iconic Australian pop music show Countdown broadcast November 8, 1974. Produced by Tweed Harris, Braithwaite's "You're My World" spent the first three weeks of 1975 at No. 1 on the Australian chart. It was Braithwaite's version of "You're My World" that inspired a young Tina Arena who heard her sister's copy of Braithwaite's single; Arena's impromptu performance of "You're My World" at a wedding led to her launching her performing career at age 7 on the TV show "Young Talent Time". However Arena has never recorded "You're My World". Daryl Braithwaite remade "You're My World" for his 2008 album The Lemon Tree which featured acoustic remakes of several of his hits.

Prior to the massive success of the Helen Reddy version of "You're My World" in Mexico that territory had afforded hit status to a version of the song's Spanish rendering, "Eres mi mundo" having given Grupo Yndio (es) their career record in 1976.

A remake of "You're My World" by the British group Guys 'n' Dolls was overlooked in the UK but reached No. 1 in the Netherlands for four weeks in May and June 1977: the track also reached No. 1 in Belgium and was a minor hit in Germany (No. 48) [10] (in its release in the two last-named territories the track was identified as "You Are My World"). Paul Griggs sang lead on the Guys 'n' Dolls version of "You're My World" with Martine Howard's vocals also prominently featured.

Preceded by
"Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Douglas
Australian Kent Music Report #1 single
"You're My World" by Daryl Braithwaite

January 6, 1975 - January 20, 1975
Succeeded by
"I Can Help" by Billy Swan
Preceded by
"Non Stop Dance" by Gibson Brothers
Dutch Top 40 #1 single
"You're My World" by Guys 'n' Dolls

May 14, 1977 - June 4, 1977
Succeeded by
"Ma Baker" by Boney M

Other recorded versions of You're My World[edit]

Year Artist/
*alternate title
of rendition if
Details Year Artist/
*alternate title
of rendition if
1964 Joan Baxter Embassy WB 633
budget soundalike of Cilla Black hit recording
B-side is "Walk on By"
1997 Sam Brown4 track featured on her single "I Forgive You" Demon Records D2002CD
& also as bonus track on Japanese release of her album Box
Crown/Loudwoof LRCL-4023
Gloria Lasso/
*Ce monde* French
on her album Canta en Frances
Musart D 991
Garry Hagger on his album My Life Paradiso PA 670 2
Angelina Monti de/
*Il mio mondo* Italian
Telefunken #?
1964 is an estimated year of recording
Raff Vetrugno/
*Il mio mondo* Italian
Polygram PY901
B-side is "Il mio mondo" (instrumental)
Shirley Zwerus nl Imperial IH 610
B-side is "Who Knows Why"
1998 Jane McDonald5 on her album Jane McDonald
Focus Music Int'l Ltd FMCD1
recorded at Abbey Road Studios:6
features Hank Marvin on guitar
1965 Heidi Bruhl/
*Wie ein traum* German
on her album Verliebt Wie Du Und Ich
Philips 843 734 PY
2000 Dreamlovers on their album 15 Hits CNR Music 2103130
Michel Louvain/
*Ce monde* French
on the album Gala 65 Avec Margot Et Michel
La Compagnie Campo Ltée CT-33310
Stig Rossen da on his album Stories Polydor 07 3145 47806 2
Kirsti Sparboe/
*Du er alt* Norwegian
Triola TN 245
B-side is "Gaar omkring i solen"
Renato Zero/
*Il mio mondo* Italian
on his album Tutti gli zeri del mondo
Fonopoli/Sony Music FON 498489
in medley with two other Umberto Bindi compositions:
"Il nostro concerto" & "La musica è finita"
Anita Traversi/
*Meine welt bist du* German
Ariola 18208
B-side is "Fast zu spät"
2001 Ornella Vanoni/
*Il mio mondo* Italian
on her album
E Tua Bocca Da Bacciare
Epic 50 9975 04972 2 7
1966 Vince Hill on his album You're My World 1
Music For Pleasure MFP 5255
2002 George Salinas on his album 20 Love Songs
Mouse Music Company 120300-1
Elvira Voća/
*Moj svijet* Croatian
on her EP Kupi mi malo cvijeca
Jugoton EPY 3557
2003 Los Angeles de Charly/
*Eres mi mundo* Spanish
on their album Recuerdos Fonovisa 350872
1967 Glen Campbell on his album Gentle on My Mind
Capitol ST 2809
Anita Sarawak on her album Love Me
EMI Music Distribution 541845
Britt Bergström sv/
*Du är min* Swedish
Scan Disc SC 1073
B-side is "Romeo och Jula"
Franco Simone
*Il mio mondo* Italian
on his album
Dizionario (Rosso) Dei Sentimenti
Azzura 907816
1968 Dionne Warwick on her album
Dionne Warwick in Valley of the Dolls
Scepter 568
2004 Bouke nl on his album A Song For Love
CD Hal C45924
1969 Norro Wilson on his album Dedicated to: Only You
Smash SRS-67116
El Chalinillo/
*Eres mi mundo* Spanish
on his album Mientras viva
EMI Music Distribution 50059
1970 Roy Drusky on his album All My Hard Times
Mercury MCR 4 61306
2005 Laura Gissara on album Australian Idol Final 13: Australian Made - The Hits
Sony Music Distribution 674719
Terry Rice-Milton CBS S 5101 (UK)/
Date JZSP 154024 (US)
B-side is "Sure Enough Baby"
Marcie Jones on her album Here I Am
CDBY 60017
1971 Tom Jones on his album
Tom Jones Sings She's a Lady
Decca SKL5089 (UK)/Parrot XPAS 71046 (US)
2006 Claudio Baglioni/
*Il mio mondo* Italian
on his album Quelli degli altri tutti qui
Sony BMG srl 08 2876 89732 7 1
1974 Birthe Kjær
*Du' mit liv* Danish
on her album Tennessee Waltz
Philips 6318 023
Patrizio Buanne/
*Il mio mondo* Italian
on his album Forever Begins Tonight
UMTV 1707174: 7
album completed at Abbey Road Studios6 after preliminary recording in Vienna & Warsaw
*Du är hela min värld* Swedish
on their album Skratta & le
Starec SR 2001
Julie Dingman Evans,
Marie-France Arcilla
on Shout! The Mod Musical cast recording
Rhino 74791
medley with "All I See is You"
1977 Howard Carpendale on his album Jede Farbe ist schön
Electrola 066-32 082
2007 Amy Cruz tl on her album Remember My Name
Able Music Int'l #?
Kari Tapio/
*Olet Kaikki* Finnish
on his album Kaipuu Scandia SLP 643 The Dakotas on their album Evolution
Maximus Records #?
Matti & Teppo fi/
*Olet Kaikki* Finnish
on their album Sait mitä hait
M&T Productions MTLP-8/
single release
M&T Productions MTHLP-1009
A-side is "Pää pyörälle"
Pentti Hietanen fi/
*Olet Kaikki* Finnish
on his album Con Amore
Capitol/EMI 946 3 86663 25
Anneli Pasanen fi/
*Olet Kaikki* Finnish
on her album Rakastan jokaista päivää
CBS 82423
Antonella Ruggiero/
*Il mio mondo* Italian
on her album Genova, la Superba
Libera 0186882
1978 Eve Bridger on her EP The World of Eve Bridger
Hillside HIL EP 4009
2008 AK-7/
*Eres mi mundo* Spanish
on their album Renaciendo
Fonovisa 353692
Mike Fabian EMI Columbia 1C 006-32 947
A-side is "Was Der Sommer Weiss..."
Jade Adams on her EP Forever & a Day
Everyday Records #?
1979 Johnny Rodriguez on his album Rodriguez Was Here
Mercury – SRM-1-5015
Natasha Hamilton
& Kush
on Liverpool – The Number Ones Album
EMI 50999 5 19522 2 8
1980 Tracy Nelson on her album Come See About Me
Flying Fish FF209
Marko Lämsä fi/
*Olet Kaikki* Finnish
on his album Olet Kaikki
Suomen Mediamusiikki Oy #?
1981 Joe Harris nl on his album 25 Jaar
Gnome GD 29011 GL
track is a duet with Chrissy
Anke Pietrangeli on her album Tribute to the Great Female Vocalists EMI #?
Iva Zanicchi/
*En mi mundo* Spanish
on her album Nostalgias Epic EPC 32396 2009 Alexia/
*Il mio mondo*Italian
on her album Ale & C Edel 845753
1985 Umberto Bindi/
*Il mio mondo* Italian
on his album Bindi Arison TAR 12422
as a duet with Loredana Bertè
*Il mio mondo* Italian
on his album Italian Songbook, Vol. 1
Columbia 08 8697 49561 2 9
1987 Michèle Torr/
*Ce monde* French
on her album Chansons de toujours
AZ 105112
El Trono de Mexico/
*Eres mi mundo* Spanish
on their album Reunion entre amigos
Skalona Records SKAL6900
1988 Jorma Kalevi fi/
*Olet Kaikki* Finnish
JKS 103
A-side is "Si Si Si"
2010 Jane McDonald on her album Live at the London Palladium
1989 Lisa Nilsson on her album Lean on Love
RCA 74321 10992 2 (BMG)
*Ce monde* French
on his album Histoires d'amour
Play It Again Sam 35 9697 22913 2 6
Rose-Marie on her album The Rose-Marie Party Album
Telstar STAR-2374
Pate Mustajärvi/
*Olet Kaikki* Finnish
on album Reino & Aino – Rakkaustarina
Motley MOTCD 223
1991 Kikki Danielsson/2
*Du är hela min värld* Swedish
on her album Vägen hem till dej
Sweden Music/ Universal Music 849 064-2
2011 The Borderers [2] on their album Tales of Love & Loss+Rise Up! Celtic Records 9330938001307
Topi Sorsakoski/
*Olet Kaikki* Finnish
on his album Yksinäisyys
Parlophone 777-798268
Mary Byrne on her album Mine & Yours
Sony Music 88697869142
1994 Tanja Berckmans on album VTM Soundmixshow 1994 3
Paradiso PA 645 2
Janene Lovullo [3] on her album This Moment
Joe Longthorne on his album The Joe Longthorne Songbook
Ronco Silver CDSR 059:
track also featured on his 2002 compilation
release You're My World Recall (UK) 376
Denisse Malebrán/
*Il mio mondo* Italian
on her album Mi Caravana Oveja Negra 5903340
track is a duet with Camilo Salinas es
2012 Boy George/
*Il mio mondo* Italian
Announced 8
Alison Jiear on her album Forgiveness' Embrace
Dress Circle DAD0072
1 The You're My World album by Vince Hill was arranged by Johnny Pearson arranger of Cilla Black's hit recording of "You're My World".
2 Kikki Danielsson, who recorded "Du är hela min värld" as a soloist in 1991, was lead singer on the 1974 Wizex version of the song.
3 VTM Soundmixshow 1994 features contestants from the Belgian edition of Soundmixshow on which Tanja Berckmans had performed "You're My World" in the guise of Cilla Black
4 Sam Brown made her recording of "You're My World" to serve as the theme song for a Dutch TV tribute to her mother Vicki Brown who as a member of the Breakaways had sung on Cilla Black's hit recording of "You're My World".
5 The Jane McDonald album version of "You're My World" was issued as CD-single Focus Music Int'l Ltd FMCD1 which featured three additional mixes two of which: an extended dance remix and its "dub" version, had a 12-inch single release as Focus Music Int'l Ltd FM1 .
6 Abbey Road Studios was the site of Cilla Black's hit recording of "You're My World".
7 The album Forever Begins Tonight by Patrizio Buanne features the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
8 Boy George is scheduled to record a four-track EP featuring his version of "Il Mio Mondo" on February 11–12, 2012.


A thirty-three second outtake from an Abbey Road Studios session by the Beatles dated 3 June 1964 is said to be a snippet of "You're My World": presumably still in the Abbey Road vaults, this track has yet to be released or bootlegged.[11]

Elvis Presley kept a copy of the Cilla Black single of "You're My World" in his personal jukebox. [4] When the Beatles visited Presley at his Belair home on 27 August 1965 the group jammed with Presley in an impromptu rendition of "You're My World":[12] reportedly the song was deemed a tribute to Presley's intended wife Priscilla Beaulieu, as its singer Cilla Black's full first name was Priscilla.[13]

Miss America 1986 Susan Akin - Miss Mississippi 1985 - sang "You're My World" in the talent competition of the Miss America Pageant broadcast on NBC 14 September 1985 from Convention Hall in Atlantic City.[14]


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