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  • Written and produced by Gilbert O’ Sullivan
  • #2 bestseller for 1972
  • Billboard’s #1 song of 1972
  • Recorded in London U.K.
  • O’ Sullivan’s real name is Ray O’ Sullivan
  • Gilbert O’ Sullivan is from Waterford Ireland
  • O’ Sullivan’s professional attire in the early 1970’s included pudding-bowl haircut, a flat cap and short pants which made him stand out in the era of the hippy; later he wore a sweater emblazoned with the letter G
  • In 1991 O’ Sullivan won a landmark lawsuit against rapper Biz Markie over Markie’s unauthorized sample of this song
  • This is Gilbert O’ Sullivan’s only U.S. #1 hit single
  • Later recorded by Hank Crawford (1972), Woody Herman (1972), Esther Phillips (1972), Andy Williams (1972), Johnny Mathis (1972), Ray Conniff and Singers (1972), Ventures (1973), Jim Nabors (1973), Urbie Green (1974), Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass (1974), Gene Ammons (1975), Shirley Bassey (1976), Roy Drusky (1979), George Sheraing Quintet (1974), Dewey Redman (1979), Blue Mitchell (1993), Hiroko Kokubu (1996), Vonda Shepard (2001), Tok Tok Tok (1999) and Donny Osmond (2007)


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