Every Face Tells a Story (song)

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"Every Face Tells a Story"
Single by Olivia Newton-John
from the album Don't Stop Believin'
Released 1976
Genre Country, pop
Length 3:38
Label MCA
Writer(s) Peter Sills
Don Black
Michael Allison
Producer(s) John Farrar
Olivia Newton-John singles chronology
"Don't Stop Believin'"
"Every Face Tells a Story"
"Compassionate Man"

"Every Face Tells a Story", written by Peter Sills, Don Black and Michael Allison, is a song recorded by Australian pop and country singer Olivia Newton-John on her 1976 album Don't Stop Believin'.

Chart performance[edit]

The song was released as a single in 1976 and chartered 55th on Billboard Hot 100, 21st on Hot Country Songs and 6th on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks. She produced an MTV style promotional clip for the song, which aired on ABC in November 1976.

Although the song made it to the top 10 in A/C this song broke Olivia's consecutive record of having every one of her singles go to the top of the A/C charts. It also broke Newton-John's streak of nine U.S. Top 40 hits in a row.

Chart (1976–1977) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles [1] 21
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[2] 6
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 55
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 5
Canadian RPM Top Singles 58
Preceded by
"Thinkin' of a Rendezvous"
by Johnny Duncan
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

January 8, 1977
Succeeded by
"Sweet Dreams"
by Emmylou Harris

Originally a religious song[edit]

The original song was written by Michael Allison and Peter Sills for Cliff Richard, a friend of Olivia Newton-John. Richard released an album by the name Every Face Tells a Story. This song has the same music, but the lyrics are about Jesus and religious. Cliff Richard although a pop star is deeply religious and often devotes several tracks of each album to God.

It was Don Black who rewrote the lyrics completely, thus changing the religious song to a non religious number.

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 249. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 181. 
  3. ^ [http://smdb.kb.se/catalog/id/001886135 Information at Svensk mediedatabas