|Song by Charles Aznavour|
|Language||French, English, Italian, Spanish|
It was subsequently released in English as "Yesterday, When I Was Young", in Italian as "Ieri Si", in Danish as "Hvor tiden går", in Japanese 帰り来ぬ青春, and in Spanish as "Ayer Aún", "Eilen kun mä tiennyt en" in Finnish. It is considered one of Aznavour's greatest hits.
The English-language lyrics, written by Herbert Kretzmer, tell of a man reflecting on his life, recalling how he had wasted his younger years on reckless, narcissistic pursuits, and now that he is older, he is unable to do everything that he had planned; the lyrical implication is that the man may be close to his impending death.
Roy Clark version
|"Yesterday When I Was Young"|
|Single by Roy Clark|
|from the album Yesterday When I Was Young|
|B-side||"Just Another Man"|
|Songwriter(s)||Charles Aznavour and Georges Garvarentz|
Herbert Kretzmer (English translation)
|Roy Clark singles chronology|
In the United States, the best-known version was recorded by country music performer Roy Clark. His version, under the English title "Yesterday When I Was Young," became his biggest hit up to that time on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, peaking at No. 9 in August 1969, and indeed, it became his only top 40 pop hit, peaking at No. 19. Clark performed the song at Mickey Mantle's funeral in 1995, at Mantle's personal request. In Canada, the song reached number seven on the pop chart, number two on the country chart, and number one AC.
|Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks||1|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||2|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||7|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||6|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||9|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||19|
Other notable cover versions
The song has been performed and recorded by many international stars, such as Bing Crosby, Shirley Bassey, Dusty Springfield, Roy Clark, Mel Torme, Jack Jones, Lena Horne, Andy Williams, Jimmy Durante, Bobby Bare, Al Martino, The Peanuts, Glen Campbell, Julio Iglesias, Tony Kenny, Eddy Mitchell, Dean Reed, Johnny Mathis, Marc Almond, Patricia Kaas, Matt Monro, Lena Martell, Nora Aunor, etc., and an uptempo version by Blossom Dearie. According to Billboard, more than 90 versions of the song were recorded before 1972.
- Charles Aznavour
- Tony Kenny
- Catalog of copyright entries - Volume 10, Part 1, Issue 1 - 1967, p. 232
- Falkner, David (December 14, 1995). "The Last Days of Mickey Mantle". Dallas Observer. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
- "Toutes les Chansons N° 1 des Années 70" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
- Billboard 8 Jul 1972
- Porque yo te amo, SHS
- Billboard 8 Jul 1972
- Charles Aznavour & Elton John - Yesterday When I Was Young, UltraTop
- Song artist 689 - Charles Aznavour, TSORT
- "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Yesterday When I Was Young". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved August 21, 2019.