(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am

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"(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am"
Single by Nancy Wilson
from the album How Glad I Am
B-side "Never Less Than Yesterday"
Released 1964
Format 7"
Recorded 1964
Genre Easy listening
Length 2:39
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s) Jimmy Williams
Larry Harrison
Nancy Wilson singles chronology
"Don't Rain on My Parade"
(1964)
"(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am"
(1964)
"I Wanna Be With You"
(1964)
"Don't Rain on My Parade"
(1964)
(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am
(1964)
"I Wanna Be With You"
(1964)

"(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am" is a song written by Jimmy Williams and Larry Harrison. In the USA, its best-known recorded version is that by Nancy Wilson, a hit single for her, in the summer of 1964. The single went to #11 on the Hot 100, as well as #2 on the Billboard Pop-Standard Singles chart.[1] Wilson, who had been recording since 1960, was afforded her first Top 40 hit with hit with "...How Glad I Am": (Nancy Wilson quote:)"I went into the studio with the idea of recording a Top 40 kind of hit [with "...How Glad I Am"]. Actually though I didn't sing any differently.....It's the material itself that did it [along with] the arrangement."[2]

In April 1965 "(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am" received the Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Recording: Wilson was reportedly surprised by the categorization of "...How Glad I Am" as R&B as she would have classed it as a pop record, [3] and the track had not been a major R&B hit peaking at #45 on the Cash Box R&B chart (the Billboard R&B chart was dormant throughout 1964).[4]

Nancy Wilson would have one more Top 40 hit subsequent to "(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am": "Face It Girl, It's Over", which reached #29 in 1968.

Other Recordings[edit]

  • Kiki Dee recorded "(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am" in 1964 with an arrangement - by Les Reed - based on the Nancy Wilson recording: Dee then remade the song as "How Glad I Am" in 1975, with an uptempo bluesy arrangement, and this version – produced by Gus Dudgeon and credited to the Kiki Dee Band – was issued that spring as the follow-up to "I've Got the Music in Me", reaching number 33 in the UK and number 74 in the US. The Kiki Dee band version also charted in the Netherlands (number 16) and Flemish Belgium (number 30)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 261. 
  2. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-Music-Business/Music-Business-1964-08-01.pdf
  3. ^ "Billboard". 77 (17). April 24, 1965: 3. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 630. 
  5. ^ "AMG". Retrieved January 11, 2010.