Gilbert O'Sullivan - Alone Again (Naturally) on Alone Again (1972)

Gilbert O'Sullivan - Alone Again (Naturally)
"Alone Again (Naturally)" is a song by Irish singer-songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan. It was released in 1972 at the same time as (but not on) the album, Back to Front. In total, the single spent six weeks, non-consecutively, at #1 on the United States Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Billboard ranked it as the No. 2 song for 1972. In Casey Kasem's American Top 40 of the 1970s, "Alone Again (Naturally)" ranked as the fifth most-popular song of the decade (Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Life" was #1). "Alone Again (Naturally)" also spent six weeks at number one on the Easy Listening chart. The track reached #3 in the UK Singles Chart.

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  1. This song make remember old times

  2. In August of 1991, Warner Brothers Records distributed an album released by a small record label called Cold Chillin' Records. The artist was a young New Jersey rapper named Biz Markie.

    The album was called I Need a Haircut. There was nothing particular, unique, or special about the album. It was pretty substandard fare for rap albums from the late 1980s and early 1990s. The rhymes were simple. The subject matter was juvenile. The production was pedestrian.

    The choice of samples was neither funny nor insightful. I Need a Haircut might have been a trivial footnote in rap history but for the second-to-last cut on the album: "Alone Again.” For that song, Biz Markie took the first eight bars of the number one single of 1972, Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Alone Again (Naturally)." Markie used only about twenty seconds of piano chords from the original song, which he looped continually to construct the musical background of the song. O'Sullivan's song was a sappy ballad about family loss. Markie's song was about how the rapper received no respect as a performer back when he played in combos with old friends, but since he had become a solo performer his career had been satisfying. Markie's use of O'Sullivan's sample did not directly parody it, but it was essential to setting the minor-chord mood of Markie's tale of determination and self-sufficiency.