You're The One

Album: Meet The Vogues (1965)
Charted: 4
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  • Petula Clark is best known as a recording artist with a resumé that includes the American #1 hits "Downtown" and "My Love," both of which were penned by Tony Hatch. However the English songbird is also a fine songwriter, having composed over 100 tunes including this hit for The Vogues. Petula told us it came about because she needed one more song for her I Know a Place album and Tony Hatch had run out of ideas. He asked her to write something and she came up with this song's melody, to which he added the lyric.
  • This was the first of eight US Top 40 hits for Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania Pop group The Vogues, who recorded the song in Pittsburgh's Gateway Studios. Its follow-up, "Five O'Clock World," is their best-known tune.
  • The success of the Vogues' cover alerted Petula Clark's UK label to the song's hit potential. Pye rush released Clark's own version as a single and it peaked at #23 in the singer's native country and also reached #4 in Australia. In addition Clark recorded a French version entitled "Un Mal Pour Un Bien," which climbed to #6 in France. However, the English songstress vetoed her US label, Warner Bros', suggestion to issue it as a single in America to battle with the Vogues' version.
  • Surprisingly, despite her success, Petula does not consider herself to be a songwriter at all. She told us: "I'm a sometime songwriter. I'll write a song if it comes to me, but nobody could say to me, "Will you write me a song?" Because I wouldn't know how to do that. It just has to come."

Comments: 5

  • Uri from IsraelI've read that it's Hal Blaine and it certainly sounds like him. I've read that it was recorded at Gateway Studios in Pittsburgh, though. So, Hal stopped off in Pittsburgh and knocked off a song with a local group? Could be. But ... I dunno.
  • Dave from Sf@Jennifur - it’s Hal Blaine!
  • Terrill from Bg, OhThe background vocals are amazing!
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaDon't know who played drums on this song, but LOVED THEM. One of my fav Rock tunes.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 12th 1965, "You're the One" by the Vogues entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #90; and on November 7th, 1965 it peaked at #4 {for 1 week} and spent 12 weeks on the Top 100...
    Their follow-up release, "Five O'Clock World", also peaked at #4 on the Top 100 {on January 9th, 1966}...
    Between 1965 and 1969 the Turtle Creek, PA quartet had fourteen Top 100 records; with four making the Top 10, and their other two Top 10 records both peaked at #7, "Turn Around, Look At Me" for 2 weeks on August 11th, 1968 and "My Special Angel" for 2 weeks on October 6th, 1968.
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