I Will Follow Him

Album: I Will Follow Him (1963)
Charted: 1
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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"). >>
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    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. >>
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    Jerro - New Alexandria, PA
  • This was part of the inspiration for "Guilty Conscience" by Eminem and Dr. Dre. >>
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    Ekristheh - Halath
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  • Michał from PolandThe story of one song
    Answering the question posed by Reg from Kemptville, On

    "I will follow him" (originally "Chariot")

    The original version was instrumental and was played by "Franck Pourcel And His Orchestra" in 1961 (authors Franck Pourcel and Paul Mauriat).

    First instrumental cover in 1961 by "The Four Dreamers".

    The first song to this music was sung by Petula Clark, and the song appeared on the album "Petula" in 1962. According to another version, the first band was "Les Satellites" who played and sang this song (also in French) in 1961. Unfortunately, but I can't verify it for now, I need sources.

    The version we currently know, popularized and sang in English by the fifteen-year-old "Little" Peggy March in March 1963. The authors of this version were Arthur Altman, Norman Gimbel, Jacques Plante, Del Roma, J.W. Table.

    Ricky Nelson recorded the song in May 1963.
  • George from Vancouver, CanadaHer voice is richer than Sandy Posey's version.
  • Bernard from LavalAccording to Fr.Wikipedia it was Clarke who released it 1st, in '62. Percy Faith did an instrumental version in '62. Ricky Nelson did a vocal version.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyLuigi Creatore, who with his cousin Hugo Peretti, produced hits for Sam Cooke, Perry Como, the Stylistics, 'Little' Peggy March*, the Isley Brothers, and Jimmie Rogers, died of pneumonia on Sunday {December 13th, 2015} in Boca Raton, Florida at the age of 93...
    The two, along with George Weiss, also co-wrote Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling In Love" and were co-owners at one time of Roulette Records before founding Avco Records...
    May he R.I.P.?
    * He was the co-producer of 'Little' Peggy March's #1 record "I Will Follow Him".
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn 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.
  • Christopher from Charlotte, NcThe 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.
  • Reg from Kemptville, OnWhich was released first -- Petula Clark's "Chariot" (in French) or "I Will Follow Him" in English by Little Peggy March?
  • Matthew from Milford, Ma...Hello?
  • Matthew from Milford, MaThis 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!
  • Lester from New York City, NyGilda Radner (as Emily Litela) sang 'I Will Swallow Him' on SNL
  • Taja from Slov. Konjice, United StatesWHERE CAN I GET NOTES ?FOR THIS SONG(I WILL FOLOW HIM)
  • Lalah from Wasilla, AkMadeline Kahn sang this song in a SNL skit back in the 1970s, I think.
  • Fyodor from Denver, CoA favorite of Church of Satan leader Anton LaVey.
  • Howard from St. Louis Park, MnI remember hearing the song in the Whoopi Goldberg movie Sister Act.
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