You're The One

Album: Meet The Vogues (1965)
Charted: 4

Songfacts®:

  • 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: 4

  • 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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