January (Pilot song)

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January - Pilot.jpg
Single by Pilot
from the album Second Flight
  • "Never Give Up" (Intl.)
  • "Do Me Good" (No. America)
ReleasedJanuary 1975[1] (Intl.)
December 1975 (U.S.)
GenrePop rock
LabelEMI Records
Songwriter(s)David Paton
Producer(s)Alan Parsons
Pilot singles chronology
"Call Me Round"

"January" is a pop rock song recorded by Scottish rock band Pilot. Written by David Paton and produced by Alan Parsons, "January" was the sole number-one single in the UK for Pilot,[2] ironically going to the top of the charts on 1 February 1975. It stayed at number one for three weeks.

In a video interview on Radio Borders, David Paton explained that the song was not about the month, but about a girl named January. The verse is unrelated to the chorus and talks about the success of Magic and how it had opened up the world for him. It also charted in the United States, making a minor impression on the Billboard Hot 100, in early 1976. It also went to number one in Australia where it stayed for eight weeks.

During the month of January 2016, the song was a feature of adverts for ASDA stores within the UK.[citation needed]

Chart performance[edit]


  1. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Pilot-Second-Flight/release/1389306
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2001). British Hit Singles (14th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 45. ISBN 0-85156-156-X.
  3. ^ David Kent's "Australian Chart Book 1970-1992" Archived 5 March 2016 at Archive.today
  4. ^ a b c d e f g http://tsort.info/music/yr1975.htm
  5. ^ "Top 100 1975". top-source.info. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  6. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-2002
  7. ^ http://tropicalglen.com/Archives/70s_files/19760313.html
  8. ^ David Kent's "Australian Chart Book 1970-1992" Archived 5 March 2016 at Archive.today
  9. ^ "Britain's best selling records of '75". Record Mirror. London: Billboard. 10 January 1976. p. 12. Retrieved 29 August 2016.