Samson and Delilah (Middle of the Road song)

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"Samson and Delilah"
Cover of the single released in the Netherlands
Single by Middle of the Road
from the album Acceleration
B-side"Try a Little Understanding"
ReleasedJanuary 1972
RecordedOctober 1971
StudioRCA Studios, Rome
GenreBubblegum pop
Length3:04
LabelRCA Victor
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Giacomo Tosti
Middle of the Road singles chronology
"Sacramento (A Wonderful Town)"
(1971)
"Samson and Delilah"
(1972)
"Bottoms Up"
(1972)

"Samson and Delilah" is a song by Scottish band Middle of the Road, released as a single in January 1972. It peaked at number 26 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the band's final charting single there.[1]

Release[edit]

"Samson and Delilah" was first released in January 1972 in France with the B-side "Sacramento (A Wonderful Town)". Elsewhere, "Sacramento" had been released as the A-side with a different B-side. "Samson and Delilah" was then released in the Netherlands and Germany in March 1972 with the B-side "The Talk of All the U.S.A.". It was released in the UK on 30 June 1972 with the B-side "Try a Little Understanding".[2]

Track listings[edit]

7" (UK)

  1. "Samson and Delilah" – 3:04
  2. "Try a Little Understanding" – 3:22

7" (France)

  1. "Samson and Delilah" – 2:48
  2. "Sacramento (A Wonderful Town)" – 2:48

7" (Europe)

  1. "Samson and Delilah" – 2:48
  2. "The Talk of All the U.S.A." – 3:13

Charts[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

  • In February 1972, French singer Sheila released a French-language version, titled "Samson et Dalilah", which became a top-ten hit in France and peaked at number 12 in Wallonia.[25][26]
  • In March 1972, Dutch duo Big Secret released a version of the song as their debut single, which peaked at number 17 on the Dutch Single Top 100 and number 13 on the Dutch Top 40.[27][28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Middle of the Road: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  2. ^ "Middle of the Road (page 2)". rockfiles.co.uk. Retrieved 24 November 2021.
  3. ^ "Hits of the World" (PDF). Billboard. 3 June 1972. p. 50. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
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  5. ^ "Middle of the Road – Samson and Delilah" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  6. ^ "Hitlisten". Ekstra Bladet. 4 May 1972. p. 29.
  7. ^ Timo (13 August 2015). "Sisältää hitin: Levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1960: Artistit MEN - MIK". Sisältää hitin. Retrieved 24 November 2021.
  8. ^ "InfoDisc : Les Tubes de chaque artiste commençant par M". Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 24 November 2021.
  9. ^ Spinetoli, John Joseph. Artisti In Classifica: I Singoli: 1960-1999. Milano: Musica e dischi, 2000
  10. ^ "Hits of the World" (PDF). Billboard. 20 May 1972. p. 56. Retrieved 24 November 2021.
  11. ^ "Hits of the World" (PDF). Billboard. 19 August 1972. p. 46. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  12. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Middle of the Road" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  13. ^ "Middle of the Road – Samson and Delilah" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  14. ^ "Middle of the Road – Samson and Delilah". VG-lista.
  15. ^ Kimberley, C. Zimbabwe: Singles Chart Book. Harare: C. Kimberley, 2000
  16. ^ "SA Charts 1969–March 1989". Retrieved 17 November 2021.
  17. ^ "Middle of the Road – Samson and Delilah". Swiss Singles Chart.
  18. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Middle of the Road – Sacramento" (in German). GfK Entertainment charts.
  19. ^ "ARGENTINA - Top 50 Singles of 1972" (PDF). Cashbox (magazine). 30 December 1972. Retrieved 21 February 2024.
  20. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 1972". Ultratop. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  21. ^ "TOP - 1972". top-france.fr. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
  22. ^ "Top 100-Jaaroverzicht van 1972". Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  23. ^ "Jaaroverzichten - Single 1972". www.dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  24. ^ "Top 100 Single-Jahrescharts". GfK Entertainment (in German). offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  25. ^ "TOP Hebdo". www.top-france.fr. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  26. ^ "Sheila - Samson et Dalila - ultratop.be". www.ultratop.be. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  27. ^ "Big Secret - Samson And Delilah". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  28. ^ "Big Secret - Samson And Delilah". Top40.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 25 November 2021.