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In 1972, Newton, famous for his 1963 hit "Danke Schoen," was signed as the first artist of the new record label, Chelsea, which was founded by Wes Farrell. This song, which was written by Peter Callander and Geoff Stephens, was released as his first single on the new label. The song turned out to be a huge hit for him, with more than one million copies of the record sold.
The song was already climbing the charts in Great Britain before it was recorded by Newton. The artist with the British hit version of it was Daniel Boone, who later had another hit in the US in the fall of 1972: "Beautiful Sunday."
Newton reportedly liked this song because it is emotional and tugs at the heart strings. The lyrics tell of a potential divorce with a small child involved, a theme that Newton felt might resonate with audiences in Las Vegas, where he often performed.
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