I Only Want to Be with You

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Not to be confused with Only Wanna Be with You.
"I Only Want to Be with You"
Single by Dusty Springfield
B-side "Once Upon A Time"
Released November 8, 1963
Format 7"
Recorded 1963, Olympic Studios, London
Genre Pop music
Label Philips Records
Writer(s) Mike Hawker and Ivor Raymonde
Producer(s) Johnny Franz
Dusty Springfield singles chronology
"I Only Want To Be With You"
(1963)
"Stay Awhile"
(1964)

"I Only Want to Be with You" is a rock-and-roll song by Mike Hawker[1] and Ivor Raymonde. The debut solo single released by British singer Dusty Springfield under her long-time producer Johnny Franz, "I Only Want to Be with You" peaked at number 4 on the UK Singles chart in January 1964. Three remakes of the song have been UK chart hits, the first two by the Bay City Rollers (1976) and the Tourists (1979) matching the number 4 peak of the Dusty Springfield original, while the 1989 remake by Samantha Fox peaked at number 16. In the US on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, "I Only Want to Be with You" has been a Top 40 hit three times, with both the Dusty Springfield original and the Bay City Rollers' remake peaking at number 12 while the Samantha Fox remake peaked at number 31. "I Only Want to Be with You" has also been recorded by a wide range of artists, several of whom sing the song with lyrics translated from the original English.

Dusty Springfield version[edit]

Background[edit]

Originally recorded by Dusty Springfield while she was still a member of The Springfields, the song was released in November 1963, three weeks after The Springfields' final concert. The recording session took place at the original Olympic Studios in Carlton Street in London's West End. The song was arranged and conducted by Ivor Raymonde, and recorded by engineer Keith Grant. It was a popular success, reaching number 4 UK, number 12 US, number 6 Australia, and number 21 Canada. In the US, Dusty Springfield was the second artist of the British Invasion, after the Beatles, to have a hit, entering the Billboard chart at number 77 in the last week of January 1964 (the Beatles having "She Loves You" at number 69 and "I Want to Hold Your Hand" at number 3).

Raymonde's arrangement is unmistakable with its relentless "ticker-ticker" beat and cascading drum rolls, full-on choirs and "Tower of Power" horn section pitched against soaring rock strings. It set the production standard for Springfield's later hits, such as "Stay Awhile" and "Little by Little". Springfield also recorded the song with an almost identical arrangement in German, with the title "Auf dich nur wart' ich immerzu".

The song was performed by Springfield on the first ever edition of the BBC's Top of the Pops on January 1, 1964.

The song was re-released as a 7" & 12" single (see cover in infobox) in 1988 coinciding with its use in a soft-drink commercial, and peaked at number 83 in the UK.

Chart performance[edit]

Bay City Rollers version[edit]

"I Only Want to Be with You"
Single by Bay City Rollers
from the album Dedication
B-side "Write a Letter"
Released August 1976
Format Vinyl, 12", 7"
Recorded June or July 1976
Soundstage Studio Toronto
Genre bubblegum pop
Length 3:27
Label Arista
Writer(s) Mike Hawker, Ivor Raymonde
Producer(s) Jimmy Ienner
Bay City Rollers singles US chronology
"Rock and Roll Love Letter"
(1976)
"I Only Want to Be with You"
(1976)
"Yesterday's Hero"
(1976)
"I Only Wanna Be With You"
Single by Bay City Rollers
B-side "Rock N' Roller"
Released September 3 1976
Format 7"
Recorded June or July 1976
Soundstage Studio Toronto
Genre bubblegum pop
Length 3:27
Label Bell
Writer(s) Mike Hawker, Ivor Raymonde
Producer(s) Jimmy Ienner
Bay City Rollers singles UK chronology
"Love Me Like I Love You
(1976)
"I Only Wanna Be with You"
(1976)
"It's a Game"
(1977)

Background[edit]

The Bay City Rollers recorded "I Only Want to Be with You" for their 1976 album Dedication recorded in June and July 1976 at Soundstage Studio in Toronto with producer Jimmy Ienner. Dedication was the first Bay City Rollers recorded under the auspices of Arista Records, and it was Arista president Clive Davis who suggested that the group remake "I Only Want to Be with You." Jimmy Ienner was chosen by Davis to produce the Bay City Rollers on the basis of Ienner's work with the Raspberries.

In the US "I Only Want to Be with You" was issued as advance single from Dedication in August 1976: that October the track reached a Billboard Hot 100 peak of number 12, besting the number 28 peak of the precedent Bay City Rollers' single "Rock and Roll Love Letter" while failing to match the Top Ten success the group had enjoyed in 1975 with "Saturday Night" and "Money Honey". "I Only Want to Be with You" appeared to wrap up the group's burst of North American stardom as their next three US single releases were Top 40 shortfalls: however the group's fourth US single release subsequent to "I Only Want to Be With You": "You Made Me Believe in Magic", did afford the group a final Top Ten hit.

Issued in the UK as a non-album single on September 3 1976, "I Only Wanna Be with You" - so entitled - reached number 4 UK, affording the Bay City Rollers' a tenth and final Top Ten hit.

It's noteworthy that the US and UK chart peaks of the Bay City Rollers' 1976 remake of "I Only Want to Be with You" exactly match the US and UK chart peaks achieved in 1964 by the Dusty Springfield original. However the Springfield original version had had a significantly stronger UK chart run holding at number 4 for 4 weeks - as opposed to the Bay City Rollers remake's one week chart peak - with the original's Top 50 tenure of 18 weeks being twice as long as the remake's. Conversely in the US the Bay City Rollers' remake had a Billboard Hot 100 tenure of 15 weeks while the Springfield original had maintained a Hot 100 presence for 10 weeks in total. [3] (Comparisons between the chart impact of singles issued in distinct time periods should be considered imprecise, the methodology behind both the UK and US chart rankings having been frequently revised.)

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly singles chart (1976) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Charts 8
Austrian Singles Chart 17
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders) 14
Canadian Singles Chart 3
Dutch Singles Chart 9
German Singles Chart 9
Irish Singles Chart[4] 2
Italian Singles Chart[5] 5
New Zealand Singles Chart 12
UK Singles Chart 4
US Billboard Hot 100 12
US Cash Box Top 100[6] 8
Year-end chart (1976) Position
Canada[7] 82
UK Singles Chart [8] 61

The Tourists version[edit]

"I Only Wanna Be With You"
Single by The Tourists
from the album Reality Effect
Released November 1979
Genre Pop
Label Logo Records
Writer(s) Mike Hawker and Ivor Raymonde
Tourists singles chronology
"The Lonliest Man in the World"
(1979)
"I Only Wanna Be With You"
(1979)
"So Good to Be Back Home Again"
(190)

Background[edit]

In 1979, the song was also covered by The Tourists, a band which included Annie Lennox on vocals. This was the band's first and biggest hit. The song was used on a montage of stars when Thames Television went off the air in 1992.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Charts 6
Canadian Singles Chart 50
Irish Singles Chart 13
UK Singles Chart 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 83

Samantha Fox version[edit]

"I Only Wanna Be with You"
Single by Samantha Fox
from the album I Wanna Have Some Fun
B-side "Confession"
Released January 1989
Format Vinyl, 12", 7"; CD
Recorded PWL, The Borough, London
Genre Eurobeat, synthpop
Length 2:45
Label Jive records
Writer(s) Mike Hawker and Ivor Raymonde
Producer(s) Stock Aitken Waterman
Samantha Fox singles chronology
"I Wanna Have Some Fun"
(1988)
"I Only Wanna Be with You"
(1989)
"(Hurt Me, Hurt Me) But the Pants Stay On"
(1991)

Background[edit]

In 1988, Samantha Fox covered the song as "I Only Wanna Be with You" for her album I Wanna Have Some Fun. It was released as the second single in the United States and Europe from her third studio album I Wanna Have Some Fun (1988). The song was another hit for Fox, reaching number 16 in the United Kingdom and number 31 in the United States. The music video includes scenes of Fox hunting through trash cans, dancing, fireworks, and the singer in bed with her bespectacled lover.[9]

Television shows Fox performed the song on include Top of the Pops in 1989 and Viva el espectáculo on TVE1 in 1990.[10][11]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Charts 19
Austrian Singles Chart 19
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart 1
Dutch Singles Chart 13
French Singles Chart 10
German Singles Chart 25
Irish Singles Chart 9
New Zealand Singles Chart 28
Swiss Singles Chart 24
UK Singles Chart 16
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 31
Canadian Singles Chart 12

Track listings[edit]

UK 7" Vinyl(FOXY X11) Jive[12]
  1. "I Only Wanna Be With You" 2:45
  2. "Confession" 4:40
US Maxi Single(1195-2-JDJ) Jive[13]
  1. "I Only Wanna Be with You (Single Edit)" 2:45
  2. "I Only Wanna Be with You (Special Single Edit)" 3:19
  3. "I Only Wanna Be with You (Extended Mix)" 4:56
UK 12" Vinyl(FOXY T 11) Jive[14]
  1. "I Only Wanna Be with You (Extended Mix)" 4:56
  2. "I Only Wanna Be with You (Acapella Mix)" 3:17
  3. "I Only Wanna Acid with You (Mix 1)" 6:20
  4. "Confession" 4:40

Luis Miguel version[edit]

"Ahora Te Puedes Marchar"
Single by Luis Miguel
from the album Soy Como Quiero Ser
B-side "Sunny"
Released 1987
Format Airplay, Promo single
Recorded 1987
Genre Latin
Length 3:11
Label WEA
Writer(s) Mike Hawker, Ivor Raymonde, Luis Gómez Escolar
Producer(s) Juan Carlos Calderón
Luis Miguel singles chronology
"Todo El Amor del Mundo"
(1986)
"Ahora Te Puedes Marchar"
(1987)
"No Me Puedo Escapar de Tí"
(1987)

Background[edit]

Mexican singer Luis Miguel recorded a cover version of the song, titled "Ahora Te Puedes Marchar" (Now You Can Leave) which was released as the first single from his Grammy-nominated album Soy Como Quiero Ser, the first album recorded by the singer under the WEA record label. It was produced by Juan Carlos Calderón and adapted by Luis Gomez Escolar.[15] This single became very successful, peaking at number-one in the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart for three non-consecutive weeks in 1987, being the first chart topper for the singer on the chart.[16] At the time, Luis Miguel was the youngest to score a number-one hit on the Hot Latin Tracks at the age of 17, ironically replacing veteran Julio Iglesias at the summit. In 2005, Luis Miguel included this song on his compilation album Grandes Éxitos.[17] This version ranked at number 28 in the Hot Latin Tracks Year-End Chart of 1988.

Music videos[edit]

Two music videos were shot. The first one was shot with Angélica Rivera, while the second one was shot dancing in a bridge. The second one was included in Grandes Exitos Videos.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
position
United States Billboard Hot Latin Tracks 1
Preceded by
"Lo Mejor de Tu Vida" by Julio Iglesias
U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Tracks number-one single
(Luis Miguel version) (first run)

August 22, 1987
Succeeded by
"Lo Mejor de Tu Vida" by Julio Iglesias
Preceded by
"Lo Mejor de Tu Vida" by Julio Iglesias
U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Tracks number-one single
(Luis Miguel version) (second run)

September 12, 1987
Succeeded by
"La Bamba" by Los Lobos
Preceded by
"La Bamba" by Los Lobos
U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Tracks number-one single
(Luis Miguel version) (third run)

November 7, 1987
Succeeded by
"Que No Se Rompa la Noche" by Julio Iglesias

Other versions[edit]

1964 Les Surfs as "A Présent Tu Peux t'en Aller'" French also recorded

by Richard Anthony
  • Les Surfs as "E adesso te ne puoi andar" #2 (Italy)
  • Lill-Babs as "Jag Vill Vara Nära Dig" Swedish
  • Donna Lynn on her eponymous album Capitol LP 2085
  • Lita Torelló (es) as "Ahora Te Puedes Marchar" Spanish also recorded by
Silvana Velasco (es)

1965 Enrique Guzman on his album Éxitos internacionalesas "Solo quiero estar

contigo" Spanish also recorded by Juan Ramón (es) on his album Más corazón que nunca

1966 Les Surfs as "Ahora Te Puedes Marchar" Spanish
1967 Helena Vondráčková as "Chytila jsem na pasece motýlka" Czech
1969 Elin as "Det har jeg altid ønsket mig" Danish

  • Agneta Zelán as "Jag Ville Vara Nära Dig" Swedish

1975 Chelsia Chan on her debut album Dark Side Of Your Mind

"Jykevää on rakkaus" Finnish

1976 Howard Carpendale as "Ab Heute Weht Ein Neuer Wind" (German)

1982 Barbara Dickson on her album Here We Go...Barbara Dickson Live on Tour

in medley with "Dancing in the Street"/ "He's a Rebel"/ "You Keep Me Hangin' On"
parent album All Dressed Up & No Place to Go

1983 The Flirts on their album Flirts

  • Tony Hatch & His Orchestra on his album Quiet Nights

1986 Southside Johnny & The Jukes on their album At Least We Got Shoes
1989 Danny Chan on his album Yat sang ho kau

as "流浪者/ lau long tze" Cantonese

1991 Maywood on their Walking Back to Happiness album
1992 Paula Koivuniemi on her album Se kesäni mun as "Haluun

olla luonas sun" Finnish
  • Wenche Myhre as "Hvis Bare Jeg Får Bli Hos Deg" Norwegian

1993 Beatriz Rico (es) on her album Baila Sin Parar as "Ahora Te Puedes

Marchar" Spanish

1997 Ash covered the song for a promotional tour[18]
1998 Annette Klingenberg (da) on her album Weep No More

of Dead Man on Campus

1999 Argema (cs) on their album Milion Snů as "Žába"Czech

2001 Me First and the Gimme Gimmes on their album Blow in the Wind
2002 Vonda Shepard on her album Songs from Ally McBeal
2003 Maleewan Jemina (th) on her 2003 album Me & Moment in Time
2004 Tommy February6 on her single L・O・V・E・L・Y ~夢見るLOVELY BOY~
2005 Taiwanese female group 7 Flowers on their eponymous album

2007 Tina Arena on her album Songs of Love & Loss

  • The Shakers (Uruguayan band) as "Solo quiero estar contigo" Spanish:
bonus track on re-issue of band's 1965 album Los Shakers

2008 Shelby Lynne on her Dusty Springfield tribute album Just a Little Lovin'
2009 Jessica Andersson as "I Only Wanna Be With You" on her album Wake Up

  • Barbee (hu) as "Ámor nyila" Hungarian

2011 Amy Macdonald: recorded 2008 for canceled multi-artist Dusty Springfield

tribute album: track first released on album Reworked, a multi-artist fundraiser for Save the Children featuring songs used in John Lewis ad campaigns

2013 Lodovica Comello (it/es) as "I Only Want To Be With You" on her album

Universo

Uses on television[edit]

  • Was used in the opening for the TV series Arli$$
  • The Tourists' version of the song was played along with TV clips on 31 December 1992 - 1 January 1993 when Thames Television finished broadcasting before Carlton Television took over
  • The song was used in the British soap opera EastEnders when the character Sam Mitchell dug up the body of Den Watts
  • The song was used by TVNZ to promote TV2 changing the words to "I only want to be with 2!"
  • The song was also used as soundtrack in Greek Comedy TV series "Tilempora" (TV Storm) on Mega Channel in 2004.
  • The song featured in a John Lewis television ad highlighting how the company had been selling electronic equipment for a substantial number of years.
  • The song was used in a swimwear advert for Boux Avenue in 2014. The ad featured Jamelia, who also sang the song, with the chorus changed to "I only want to be with Boux".

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