Any Day Now (Chuck Jackson song)

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"Any Day Now"
Songwriter(s)Burt Bacharach, Bob Hilliard

"Any Day Now" is a popular song written by Burt Bacharach and Bob Hilliard in 1962. It has been recorded by numerous artists over the years, including notable versions by Chuck Jackson in 1962, Alan Price in 1965, Elvis Presley in 1969, and Ronnie Milsap in 1982.

Chuck Jackson[edit]

Jackson, an R&B singer born in South Carolina in 1937, recorded the first version of the song to hit the Billboard Hot 100 chart; it reached number twenty-three in 1962 with the title "Any Day Now (My Wild Beautiful Bird)" and spent six weeks in the Top 40. Jackson's version appeared on his album, which was also titled Any Day Now. The song was Jackson's highest charting hit on the US pop chart, and also peaked at number two for three weeks on the Hot Black Sides chart.[1]

Jackson's recording of the song was used over the closing credits of the film Inherent Vice.[2]

Jackson's original backing track was recycled by Scepter for the song "Lover", which was recorded in the early 1960s by Scepter artist Tommy Hunt. The track, which featured an entirely new Hilliard lyric and a partially re-written melody, was not released until 1986.

Elvis Presley[edit]

Presley recorded a cover version of "Any Day Now" on 20 February 1969 at American Sound studios, Memphis, Tennessee. This version appeared on his acclaimed album of that year, From Elvis in Memphis. Although not released as a single in its own right, the song appeared as the B-side to Presley's No. 3 US pop hit "In the Ghetto", which appeared on the same album.

Ronnie Milsap[edit]

"Any Day Now"
Any Day Now - Ronnie Milsap.jpg
Single by Ronnie Milsap
from the album Inside
B-side"It's Just a Room"
ReleasedApril 1982
Songwriter(s)Burt Bacharach and Bob Hilliard
Producer(s)Tom Collins and Ronnie Milsap
Ronnie Milsap singles chronology
"I Wouldn't Have Missed It for the World"
"Any Day Now"
"He Got You"

Milsap, a popular country / pop singer, recorded the most widely known version of the song. It was the lead single from his 1982 album Inside, and it peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, spending nine weeks in the Top 40. In addition, this version went to No. 1 on both the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart (for one week) as well as the Hot Adult Contemporary Singles chart (for five weeks). It also went to No. 1 on the Canadian Country and Adult Contemporary Chart for three weeks.

Milsap's producer, Tom Collins, encouraged Milsap to make the song sound different from the original by Chuck Jackson. As a result, Milsap recorded it in a different key and sang it softly.[3]


Chart (1982) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 14
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[6] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Australian Kent Music Report[7] 96
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary[8] 1
1982 Year-End Chart Position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles[9] 37
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[9] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[9] 83
U.S. Cashbox Top 100[10] 95

Other versions[edit]

  • The song became the theme to the American television drama of the same name that aired on the cable channel Lifetime, starring Annie Potts and Lorraine Toussaint. The verse of the song that appears in this theme was sung by Lori Perry.
  • Judy Henske included a version on her 1965 album Little Bit Of Sunshine . . . Little Bit Of Rain.
  • Bill Medley included this song on his 1969 album Soft and Soulful.
  • Scott Walker released an album named Any Day Now in 1973, which featured the song as its opening track.
  • Country singer Don Gibson also released a version of "Any Day Now", which reached the Top 40 of the Billboard country music chart in 1979.
  • Singer Percy Sledge recorded "Any Day Now" in 1969, and this version reached 35 on the Billboard R&B chart and 86 on the Hot 100.[11]
  • Singer Nick Kamen recorded "Any Day Now" in 1987. The song is featured on his album "Nick Kamen" and is the B-side of his single Win Your Love.
  • Frankie Valli recorded two versions of "Any Day Now". Once as part of a medley in 1969 on Half And Half and a full version in 2007 on the album Romancing The 60's .
  • Luther Vandross recorded "Any Day Now" for his 2001 self-titled album. The Vandross version was nominated for a 2003 Grammy award in the category of Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance.
  • James Brown included a version of "Any Day Now" on his 1969 album It's a Mother.
  • Carla Thomas included a version of "Any Day Now" on her 1967 album The Queen Alone.
  • In Italy a cover of the song - with the title "Bambolina" - was released in the 1960s by various groups and singers, among them the beat group I Corvi (1967) and Mal Ryder - a.k.a. Mal dei Primitives (1968).
  • British pop duo Peter & Gordon included a version of "Any Day Now" (parenthetically titled, 'My Wild Beautiful Bird') on their 1965 album True Love Ways.
  • Paul Carrack recorded a version for his 2001 album Groovin' and released it as a single, which did not chart.
  • Ian Moss recorded a version for his sixth studio album, Soul on West 53rd (2009).


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 281.
  2. ^ "Inherent Vice (2014) - Soundtracks - IMDb". Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  3. ^ Rich, Kienzle (2004). Ultimate Ronnie Milsap (CD booklet). Ronnie Milsap. RCA Records. 82876.
  4. ^ "Ronnie Milsap Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "Ronnie Milsap Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Ronnie Milsap Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  8. ^ "Library and Archives Canada". RPM Weekly. July 10, 1982. Retrieved July 27, 2012.
  9. ^ a b c Billboard. "Ronnie Milsap - Any Day Now". Archived from the original on May 13, 2011. Retrieved April 11, 2012.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-26. Retrieved 2014-10-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 533.


  • Roland, Tom, The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits (Billboard Books, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 1991 (ISBN 0-82-307553-2).
  • Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  • Whitburn, Joel, Top Country Songs: 1944-2005, 2006.
  • Whitburn, Joel, Top Pop Songs: 1955-2006, 2007.

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