I Will Follow Him

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"I Will Follow Him"
FollowHim.jpg
German edition picture sleeve
Single by Little Peggy March
from the album I Will Follow Him
B-side"Wind Up Doll"
ReleasedMarch 1963
FormatVinyl, 7", 45 RPM
Recorded1962
GenrePop
Length2:25
LabelRCA Victor
Songwriter(s)Music: Franck Pourcel, Paul Mauriat, arr. Arthur Altman
Lyrics: Norman Gimbel
Producer(s)Hugo & Luigi, Arranged by Sammy Lowe
Little Peggy March singles chronology
"Little Me"
(1962)
"I Will Follow Him"
(1963)
"I Wish I Were a Princess"
(1963)

"I Will Follow Him" is a popular song that was first recorded in 1961 by Franck Pourcel, as an instrumental titled "Chariot". The song achieved its widest success when it was recorded by American singer Little Peggy March with English lyrics in 1963. The music was written by Franck Pourcel (using the pseudonym J.W. Stole) and Paul Mauriat (using the pseudonym Del Roma).[1] It was adapted by Arthur Altman. The English lyrics were written by Norman Gimbel.[2]

Instrumental versions[edit]

The song was first recorded in 1961 by Franck Pourcel and began as an instrumental piece appearing on the 1961 European LP release Amour, Danse, Et Violons. No.17. At the same time, it appeared on the EP release La Voix de son Maître. Pourcel co-wrote the song with his friend and fellow French bandleader Paul Mauriat.[1] The other French bandleader Raymond Lefèvre has been credited for arrangements. Franck Pourcel's original recording was popular on MOR, or "easy listening," stations. Mauriat later recorded an instrumental version in 1976 with a disco beat, using a Moog synthesizer.

In 1963, Percy Faith released an instrumental version, re-titled "I Will Follow You", as the lead song on side 1 of his album titled Themes for Young Lovers.[3][4] Many other hits at the time were also on the album, including "Up on the Roof", "On Broadway", and "Rhythm of the Rain".[3]

Petula Clark versions[edit]

In 1962, Petula Clark released a French language version of the song, titled "Chariot" (lyrics by Jacques Plante),[1] which reached No. 1 in Wallonia,[5][6] No. 2 in France,[7] and No. 8 in Flanders,[8][9] and earned Clark a gold record. Her English version reached No. 4 in Denmark, where it was released by Vogue,[10] but failed to chart in the UK and the USA, where it was released by Pye and Laurie respectively. Clark also recorded Italian and German versions of the song, with her Italian version, "Sul mio carro", reaching No. 4 in Italy,[11] and her German version, "Cheerio", reaching No. 6 in West Germany.[12]

Little Peggy March version[edit]

In 1963, Little Peggy March's version of "I Will Follow Him", backed with "Wind Up Doll", was released by RCA Victor.[13] March's version spent 14 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 1 on April 27, 1963 and spending three weeks in this position,[14] making 15-year-old March the youngest female artist to have a U.S. chart-topping single.[15] Her version also reached No. 1 in Australia,[16] Hong Kong,[17] Israel,[18] South Africa,[10] Uruguay,[19] Canada's CHUM Hit Parade,[20] New Zealand's "Lever Hit Parade",[21] and Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart.[22][23]

The song also reached No. 1 on the Cash Box Top 100, in a tandem ranking of Little Peggy March, Franck Pourcel, Petula Clark, Rosemary Clooney, Betty Curtis, Jackie Kannon, Joe Sentieri, and Georgia Gibbs' versions, with March's version marked as a bestseller.[24]

Chart performance[edit]

Other versions[edit]

In Italy three versions of the song were in the charts in 1963 (translated/adapted by Vito Pallavicini and Bruno Pallesi): One recorded by Betty Curtis (highest position: No. 3), another version by Petula Clark ("Sul mio carro"; No. 4) and the Franck Pourcel version (No. 5).[11] The song reached No. 1 in Italy's Musica e dischi, in a tandem ranking of these three versions.[34] Curtis's version was also a top 10 hit in Uruguay.[35]

In 1963, Italian singer Ennio Sangiusto released a version of the song titled "Chariot (La Tierra)", which reached No. 1 in Spain.[18] Also in 1963, Italian singer Joe Sentieri released a version of the song titled "La Tierra", which reached No. 3 in Argentina.[36]

In 1963, Argentine singer Alberto Cortez released a version of the song titled "La Tierra (Chariot)", which reached No. 2 in Spain.[37] Also in 1963, Argentine singer Violeta Rivas released a version titled "La Tierra", which reached No. 1 in Uruguay.[38]

Dee Dee Sharp released a version of the song on her 1963 album Do the Bird.[39] Sharp's version reached No. 1 in Hong Kong.[27]

In 1982, Dutch singer José Hoebee (former member of the girl band Luv') released a hit cover of the song, which reached No. 1 in Flanders,[40] No. 1 on the Dutch Top 40,[41] and No. 2 on the Dutch Nationale Hitparade.[42] A new version, recorded in 2005, reached No. 90 on the Dutch Single Top 100.[43]

The Norwegian comedian Lars Mjøen wrote comedic Norwegian lyrics, «Torsken kommer!» (translates to «The cod is coming»). The song was published by the comedy troupe KLM as Brødrene Dal as the B-side of "Gaus, Roms Og Brumund" (PolyGram 2052 206)[44][45] and on the LP record Spektralplate (Polydor 2382 135) in 1982. A music video remake was released by Norges Bank in 2017 to mark the introduction of the new 200 krone banknote that features a cod on the obverse side.[46]

The song is featured at the end of the 1992 film Sister Act, where it was performed by the nuns' chorus for the Pope.[15]

The song is also used by Malaysian mobile service provider Digi for its extensive promotional campaign in late 2006, albeit with slightly different lyrics (as "I Will Follow You").[47] The first five notes of the song has since been made into the main jingle for future Digi advertisements.

References[edit]

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  46. ^ Williams-Grut, Oscar (24 May 2017). "Norway's central bank has made a bizarre music video to celebrate its new 'cod' banknotes". Business Insider Nordic. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  47. ^ I Will Follow You Digi Advertisement, 27 March 2008, retrieved 25 May 2017

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