Yo-Yo (Billy Joe Royal song)

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U.S. 7" single
Single by The Osmonds
from the album Phase III
B-side "Keep on My Side"
Released September 4, 1971
Recorded June 21, 1971
Genre Pop
Length 3:11
Label MGM
Writer(s) Joe South
Producer(s) Rick Hall
The Osmonds singles chronology
"Double Lovin'"
"Down by the Lazy River"

"Yo-Yo" is a song written by Joe South and first released as a single by Billy Joe Royal in 1966, peaking at No. 117 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[1] The Osmonds covered the song and released it as a single on September 4, 1971. It reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 on October 16, 1971. The song was included on the Osmonds' 1972 album, Phase III.[2] It was certified Gold by the RIAA on November 17, 1971. Joe South also recorded his own version of the song for his self-titled 1971 album.


The Osmonds version
Chart (1971) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 3
Australian Kent Music Report 87
Canadian RPM Top Singles 1[3]


  1. ^ Billy Joe Royal, "Yo-Yo" Chart Position Retrieved February 21, 2015
  2. ^ The Osmonds, Phase III Retrieved February 21, 2015
  3. ^ The Osmonds, "Yo-Yo" Canadian Chart Position Retrieved February 21, 2015