Butterfly (Danyel Gerard song)

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"Butterfly" is a pop song, written and recorded by the French singer-songwriter, Danyel Gérard (born Gerard Daniel Khertakian,[1] 7 March 1939, Paris[2][3]) in the late 1960s. It was initially a hit in the French language.

In the early 1970s English language words were written, and Gerard recorded it again in the United States. In 1971 he also did German, Spanish and Italian versions. "Butterfly" was a very popular song internationally, selling over seven million copies.[4] Many other musicians recorded it, both in instrumental and vocal versions. In the U.S., that list included Eydie Gormé, Goldie Hawn and Eddy Arnold.

The single was Number 1 in Germany for fifteen weeks in summer 1971. It reached Number 11 (and spent 12 weeks) in the UK Singles Chart in October 1971.[1] Lack of further chart activity in the UK saw both singer and song branded as a one-hit wonder. It also appeared in the first compilation album put together specifically for telemarketing in the UK, K-Tel's 20 Dynamic Hits.[5] It was a similar story in the U.S., where Gerard's single peaked at #78 in the Billboard Hot 100. In Germany he had some more songs in the charts, such as "Isabella" or "Meine Stadt".[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 225. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-06-21. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  3. ^ Danyel Gérard discography at Discogs
  4. ^ Harold, Chuck (11 July 1972). "Danyel Gerard Goes From Folk to Soft Rock". The Evening Independent. St. Petersburg, Florida. Retrieved 10 November 2009. 
  5. ^ Discogs entry

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