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I Will Follow Him


Little Peggy March

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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)
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Comments (10):

On April 24th 1963, Little Peggy March performed "I Will Follow Him" on the NBC-TV program 'The Perry Como Show'...
One month earlier on March 17th, 1963 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 at position #90...
And on the day she appeared on the 'Como' show she had reached #1 two days earlier on April 21st; the song remained at #1 for three weeks...
On May 19th, 1963 it reached #1 (for 1 week) on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart...
The song "If You Wanna Be Happy" by Jimmy Soul succeeded it at #1 on both the Top 100 chart and the R&B Singles chart...
R.I.P. Mr. Como (1912 - 2001) and Ms. March, born Margaret Annemarie Battavio, celebrated her 66th birthday last month on March 8th.
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
The first recording of this song was in 1961 by Franck Pourcel and His Grand Orchestra. It was done as an instrumental recording(
not even the original French Lyrics had been written yet) It appeared on his 1961 European release LP Amour Danse Et Violons No. 17. The first cover also an instrumental was by The Four Dreamers. The first vocal version by by Les Satellites with Paul Mauriat's Orchestra.
- Christopher, Charlotte, NC
Which was released first -- Petula Clark's "Chariot" (in French) or "I Will Follow Him" in English by Little Peggy March?
- Reg, Kemptville, ON
- Matthew, Milford, MA
This song makes me think of Amy Rose from the Sonic the Hedgehog series... I think that the Sonic fans out there will know what I'm talking about!
- Matthew, Milford, MA
Gilda Radner (as Emily Litela) sang 'I Will Swallow Him' on SNL
- Lester, New York City, NY
- taja, slov. konjice, United States
Madeline Kahn sang this song in a SNL skit back in the 1970s, I think.
- Lalah, Wasilla, AK
A favorite of Church of Satan leader Anton LaVey.
- fyodor, Denver, CO
I remember hearing the song in the Whoopi Goldberg movie Sister Act.
- Howard, St. Louis Park, MN
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