This was produced by Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore, aka Hugo & Luigi, a popular songwriting/producing duo who worked out of New York City's famed Brill Building. Aside from this tune, they produced the hits "Twistin' The Night Away," "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," and "Shout," and co-wrote Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling In Love." Peggy March was thrilled to be teamed with the duo, who were getting a lot of press at the time.
In a 2010 interview with blogcritics
, she recalled her meeting with the producers: "I vividly remember walking into Hugo & Luigi's office and seeing 'I Will Follow Him' on their desk. It was really as simple as, 'This is your next recording." We went in and recorded it right away in December, and it was out a month later. There was a huge orchestra, at a studio on 23rd Street in New York, with timpani and strings. Everyone at that time recorded together; we didn't do separate tracks - except the male and female voices came in the next day. But everything else, including me in an isolation booth in the middle of the orchestra, recorded at the same time."
She continued: "The song was range-y. I had worked with bands before, but certainly not that big. My reaction was, 'Wow, these people are all here for me. This is kinda cool!' But I was there to work. I had my Coca Cola next to me. Every time they called for another take, I said, 'Okay.' At that time, I was a freshman in high school. My Latin tests were a lot harder than doing this song 15 or 20 times. The next day, if it wasn't a weekend, I most likely had some English test. I had a dual life going on - I absolutely loved it. I was on TV a lot in the Philadelphia area. That part wasn't new to me, but getting on The Perry Como Show
was an extremely big deal."