I'm Leaving It Up to You

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"I'm Leaving It Up to You"
I'm Leaving It Up to You - Dale & Grace.jpg
Single by Dale & Grace
from the album I'm Leaving It Up to You
B-side "Stop and Think It Over"
Released September 1963
Format 45 rpm
Recorded 1963
Genre Pop
doo-wop
Length 2:13
Label Montel
Writer(s) Don F. Harris, Dewey Terry
Producer(s) Sam Montel
Dale & Grace singles chronology
"I'm Leaving It Up to You"
(1963)
"Stop and Think It Over"
(1964)

"I'm Leaving It Up to You" is a song written by and originally performed by Don Harris and Dewey Terry in 1957.[1] It was later popularized in 1963 by the American duo Dale and Grace, who took the song to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 1974, Donny and Marie Osmond reached the top five on the US Hot 100 chart and peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary chart with their cover version.

Dale and Grace version[edit]

"I'm Leaving It Up to You" first became popular when recorded by the duo Dale and Grace in 1963. Their version became a No. 1 hit in the United States on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in late 1963. It was the first time a duet succeeded another duet at the top spot.[2]

The single also spent two weeks atop the easy listening chart. It was the number 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Dale and Grace were in Dallas on the day of the assassination and scheduled to perform that night as part of Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars (with Bobby Rydell, Jimmy Clanton, and Brian Hyland), and moments before the assassination had waved to the president's motorcade from a vantage point near their hotel.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Donny and Marie Osmond version[edit]

"I'm Leaving It Up to You"
I'm Leaving It Up to You - Donny and Marie Osmond.jpg
Single by Donny and Marie Osmond
from the album I'm Leaving It Up to You
B-side "The Umbrella Song"
Released July 1974
Format 45 rpm
Recorded Pop
Label MGM
Writer(s) Don F. Harris, Dewey Terry
Donny and Marie Osmond singles chronology
"I'm Leaving It Up to You"
(1974)
"Morning Side of the Mountain"
(1974)

In 1974, "I'm Leaving It Up to You" again became a chart-topping hit in the U.S. when brother and sister duo Donny and Marie Osmond covered it in September, it reached number 4 on the Hot 100 and number 1 on the easy listening chart.[6] It also reached number 2 in the UK. Their version became a gold record.

Chart performance[edit]

Other versions[edit]

The song was covered in 1970 by Linda Ronstadt on her Nashville-recorded Silk Purse album.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Don & Dewey,: Jungle Hop, Legends of Speciality Records, Speciality Records1991, liner notes
  2. ^ a b Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits - revised & enlarged. New York: Billboard Books. p. 140. ISBN 0-8230-8298-9. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-02-16. Retrieved 2016-02-13. 
  4. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1963/Top 100 Songs of 1963". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 187. 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-02-16. Retrieved 2016-02-12. 
  8. ^ Bac-lac.gc.ca
  9. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1974/Top 100 Songs of 1974". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-19. Retrieved 2015-07-16. 

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Preceded by
"Deep Purple" by Nino Tempo and April Stevens
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
November 23, 1963 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Dominique" by The Singing Nun