Showing posts with label Peggy March. Show all posts
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Sep 5, 2015

Peggy March - I Will Follow Him (1963)

"I Will Follow Him" was first recorded by Paola Neri. It was covered by Little Peggy March in 1963. The music was written by Franck Pourcel (using the pseudonym J.W. Stole) and Paul Mauriat (using the pseudonym Del Roma). It was adapted by Arthur Altman. The English lyrics were translated by Norman Gimbel.

The song was recorded in 1961 by Franck Pourcel and began as an instrumental piece appearing on the 1961 European LP release: "Amour, Danse, Et Violons. No.17." At the same time, it appeared on the EP release: "La Voix de son Maître". Pourcel co-wrote the song with his friend and fellow French bandleader Paul Mauriat. The other French bandleader Raymond Lefèvre has been credited for arrangements. Franck Pourcel's original recording was popular on MOR, or "easy listening," stations. Mauriat later recorded an instrumental version in 1976 with a disco beat, using a Moog synthesizer.

In 1962, Percy Faith released an album titled Themes for Young Lovers, and "I Will Follow Him" was the lead song on side 1. Many other hits at the time were also on the album, including "Up On The Roof", "On Broadway", and "Rhythm of the Rain".

The English version by March, backed with "Wind Up Doll", was released by RCA Victor and hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on April 27, 1963, making 15-year-old March the youngest female artist to have a U.S. chart-topping single. Her version also made it to #1 on the soul singles chart.