Just Once in My Life

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"Just Once in My Life"
Cover art of the U.S. vinyl single
Single by The Righteous Brothers
from the album Just Once in My Life
B-side"The Blues"
ReleasedApril 1965
Format7" single
GenreBlue-eyed soul
Songwriter(s)Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Phil Spector
The Righteous Brothers singles chronology
"Bring Your Love to Me"
"Just Once in My Life"
"You Can Have Her"

"Just Once in My Life" is a song written by Gerry Goffin, Carole King and Phil Spector. The song was released by the Righteous Brothers in 1965 and reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song was covered by the American rock band the Beach Boys and released on their 1976 album 15 Big Ones. Other artists to release versions include the Alan Price Set and the Action.

The Righteous Brothers' original[edit]

After the success of the Righteous Brothers' first single with Phil Spector, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'", the writers of the song Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil then wrote "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration" for them. The song however was not completed,[1] and Spector instead asked Carole King to write a song for the duo, which turned out to be "Just Once in My Life".[2]

The Righteous Brothers released their version as a single in April 1965 as the follow-up to "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'". Their second release on the Philles label, the single was another big hit, making the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100, reaching number nine.


Chart (1965) Peak
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[3] 6
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 9

The Beach Boys version[edit]

"Just Once in My Life"
Song by The Beach Boys
from the album 15 Big Ones
ReleasedJuly 5, 1976 (1976-07-05)
Songwriter(s)Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Phil Spector
Producer(s)Brian Wilson
Audio sample
"Just Once in My Life"


Personnel per 2000 liner notes.[5]

The Beach Boys
Additional musicians


  1. ^ Ragogna, Mike (July 9, 2012). "Soul & Inspiration: A Conversation With Songwriters Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, Plus Milan's Calibro 35". Huffington Post.
  2. ^ Medley, Bill (April 24, 2014). The Time of My Life: A Righteous Brother's Memoir. Da Capo Press. p. 34. ISBN 978-0306823169.
  3. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 5699." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  4. ^ "The Righteous Brothers Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  5. ^ Diken, Dennis; Buck, Peter (2000). 15 Big Ones/Love You (booklet). The Beach Boys. California: Capitol Records. p. 2.