Substitute (The Righteous Brothers song)

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"Substitute"
Single by The Righteous Brothers
from the album The Sons of Mrs. Righteous
B-side "Young Blood"
Released 1975
Length 3:18
Label Capital
Songwriter(s) Willie Harry Wilson
Producer(s) Dennis Lambert, Brian Potter
The Righteous Brothers singles chronology
"Never Say I Love You"
(1975)
"Substitute"
(1975)
"Hold On (To What You Got)"
(1976)
"Never Say I Love You"
(1975)
"Substitute"
(1975)
"Hold On (To What You Got)"
(1976)
"Substitute"
Clout substitute cover kumeon.jpg
Single by Clout
B-side "When Will You Be Mine"
Released 1978
Length 3:28
Label Sunshine Records Production
Songwriter(s) Willie Harry Wilson
Producer(s) Grahame Beggs
Clout singles chronology
"Since You've Been Gone"
(1977)
"Substitute"
(1978)
"You've Got All of Me"
(1978)
"Since You've Been Gone"
(1977)
"Substitute"
(1978)
"You've Got All of Me"
(1978)

"Substitute" is a song by Willie H. Wilson, recorded first by The Righteous Brothers and released as single from their album The Sons of Mrs. Righteous in 1975.[1]

Clout version[edit]

In 1978, the song became a big hit for the South African band Clout, reaching No. 2 in the UK charts in August and being certified Gold by the BPI.[2] It fared even better in the rest of Europe where it reached No. 1 in Germany and Ireland, as well as No. 2 in Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland. This version was produced by Grahame Beggs.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Substitute" (W.H. Wilson) – 3:28
  2. "When Will You Be Mine" (Carolyne Martin) – 2:59

Chart history[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[3] 12
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 10
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 2
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[6] 1
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[7] 86
France (IFOP)[8] 16
Germany (Official German Charts)[9] 1
Ireland (IRMA)[10] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[11] 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[12] 2
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[13] 1
South Africa (Springbok Radio)[14] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[15] 13
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[16] 2
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[17] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[18] 67
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[19] 35
US Cash Box[20] 52

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1978) Rank
Australia (Kent Music Report)[21] 77
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[22] 15
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[23] 11
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[24] 15

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Belgium 60,000[25]
France 400,000[25]
Netherlands 100,000[25]
United Kingdom (BPI)[26] Gold 600,000[25]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Other versions[edit]

A version by Australian group Peaches also charted locally at the same time, but was out-charted by the Clout track. It was also covered by Gloria Gaynor in 1978 (U.S. #107)[27] and by Polish-Swedish singer and actor Izabella Scorupco in 1990.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Righteous Brothers UK Albums". Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Certified Awards". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – Chart Positions Pre 1989 Part 4". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Clout – Substitute" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Clout – Substitute" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Radio 2 Top 30 : 17 juni 1978" (in Dutch). Top 30. Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 0037b." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  8. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Titres par Artiste" (in French). InfoDisc. Select "Clout" from the artist drop-down menu. Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Clout – Substitute". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  10. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Clout". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Clout - Substitute search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Clout – Substitute" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  13. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Clout – Substitute". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  14. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1969 – 1989 Acts (C)". Rock.co.za. Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  15. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Clout – Substitute". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  16. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Clout – Substitute". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  17. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  18. ^ "Clout – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  19. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 53. 
  20. ^ CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending NOVEMBER 4, 1978 at the Wayback Machine (archived 4 October 2012). Cash Box magazine.
  21. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  22. ^ "End of Year Charts 1978". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 23 July 2017. 
  23. ^ "Schweizer Jahreshitparade 1978" (in German). Hitparade.ch. Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 July 2017. 
  24. ^ Scaping, Peter, ed. (1979). "Top 200 Singles in 1978". BPI Year Book 1979 (4th ed.). London, England: The British Phonographic Industry Ltd. pp. 186–89. ISBN 0-906154-02-2. 
  25. ^ a b c d Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2, illustrated ed.). Barrie & Jenkins. ISBN 0-214-20480-4. a continental hit, over 600,000 singles were sold in Britain, 400,000 in France, 100,000 in Holland and 60,000 in Belgium, it was No. 1 for 7 weeks in South Africa [page needed]
  26. ^ "British single certifications – Clout – Substitute". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Substitute in the search field and then press Enter.
  27. ^ Mitchell, Gail (3 October 2009). "A Musical Milestone". Billboard. Vol. 121 no. 39. p. 58. ISSN 0006-2510.