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This was originally a French song called "Chariot" composed by two famous French musicians, Paul Mauriat and Frank Pourcel. Mauriat's pseudonym is Del Roma and Frank Pourcel's is J.W. Stole on this song.
The music was adapted by Arthur Altman ("American Beauty Rose," "Don't Gild The Lily Lily") and English lyrics were added by Norman Gimbel ("Bluesette," "Girl From Ipanema," "Killing Me Softly With His Song
"). (thanks, Cengiz - Istanbul, Turkey, for above 2)
March was 15 when she recorded this. To this day, she holds the record for being the youngest female singer to have a #1 hit all over the world. This song not only reached #1 in the US, but also in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Scandinavia. (thanks, Jerro - New Alexandria, PA)
This was part of the inspiration for "Guilty Conscience" by Eminem and Dr. Dre. (thanks, Ekristheh - Halath)