Lady Willpower

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"Lady Willpower"
Lady Willpower - 45rpm cover.jpg
1968 45 rpm dust cover
Single by Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
from the album Incredible
B-side"Daylight Stranger"
ReleasedJune 1968
Songwriter(s)Jerry Fuller
Gary Puckett & The Union Gap singles chronology
"Young Girl"
"Lady Willpower"
"Over You"

"Lady Willpower" is a song written by Jerry Fuller and recorded by Gary Puckett & The Union Gap for their 1968 album, Incredible. It is sung from the point of view of a man who is frustrated that the woman he is seeing will not agree to have sex with him. He promises, if she complies, to "shower [her] heart with tenderness," but it is also implicit that the relationship will end ("It's now or never") if she does not.

The song hit No. 1 on the U.S. Cashbox Top 100 and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1968 (behind "Grazing in the Grass" by Hugh Masekela).[1] It also reached No. 5 on the UK Singles Chart during the year.[2] It reached No. 26 U.S. Easy Listening.[3]

The single was awarded a million-selling Gold disc from the RIAA.[4]

It ranked among Cashbox's Top 100 singles of 1968, where it hit the No. 1 position the week ending August 3, 1968.[5] The song was the No. 34 song on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles in 1968.[6]

Other versions[edit]

Morrissey covered the song on his 2019 album California Son.


  1. ^ Gary Puckett & The Union Gap charting singles Retrieved 09-26-11
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 442. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 194.
  4. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 232. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  5. ^ Cash Box Top Singles of 1968 Archived 2010-11-21 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 09-26-11
  6. ^ Billboard Top 100 Songs of 1968 Archived 2010-11-25 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 09-26-11

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