Long Haired Lover From Liverpool

Album: Killer Joe (1972)
Charted: 1 38


  • This is a borderline novelty song, and was recorded by Little Jimmy Osmond, who at nine years eight months of age became the youngest artist to reach the #1 spot in Britain. Written by Christopher Kingsley, it might be described as The Beatles meet The Mamas And The Papas. Although it was a worthy chart topper, it is difficult to credit that it was chosen as the A Side in preference to the Bill Parkinson composition "Mother Of Mine." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England
  • Osmondmania was rampant in 1972 Britain and it was no surprise that this was the biggest selling single of the year there.
  • The backing vocals were done by the Mike Curb Congregation who two years previously had their own hit with the theme to Kelly's Heroes, "Burning Bridges."
  • The book 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh quotes Jimmy Osmond: "Mike Curb suggested the song, and a song about The Beatles made sense. Paul McCartney brought his daughter to meet us and wanted our autographs."

Comments: 2

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1972 {August 14th} 10-year-old Little Jimmy Osmond's "Long Haired Lover from Liverpool" peaked at #2 {for 1 week} on the Australian Kent Music Report chart, the week it was at #2, the #1 record for that week was a covered version of "Puppy Love" by his 14-year-old brother, Donny Osmond...
    Four months later on December 17th, "Long Haired Lover From Liverpool" peaked at #1 {for 5 weeks} on the United Kingdom's Singles chart...
    It reached #38 on the U.S.A. Billboard's Top 100 chart...
    And from the 'For What It's Worth' department, the remainder of the Kent Music Report's Top 10 on August 14th, 1972:
    At #3. "Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast" by Wayne Newton
    #4. "The Candy Man" by -Sammy Davis, Jr.
    #5. "The Redback On The Toilet Seat" by Slim Newton
    #6. "Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)" by The Hollies
    #7. "(Last Night) I Didn't Get To Sleep At All" by the Fifth Dimension
    #8. "Beautiful Sunday" by Daniel Boone
    #9. "Sylvia's Mother" by Dr.Hook And The Medicine Show
    #10 "Metal Guru" by T.Rex
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn April 16th 1972, "Long Haired Lover from Liverpool" by Little Jimmy Osmond entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #98; and on June 11th it peaked at #38 (for 1 week) and spent 10 weeks on the Top 100...
    And on December 17th, 1972 it reached #1 (for 5 weeks) on the United Kingdom's Singles chart...
    He had one other Top 100 record, "Tweedlee Dee", it peaked at #59 in 1973...
    Plus today James Arthur Osmond is celebrating his 52nd birthday; he was born on April 16th, 1963.
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