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I Only Want to Be with You

(Mike Hawker/Ivor Raymonde)

Song written by Mike Hawker and Ivor Raymonde that was the first single and hit recorded by Dusty Springfield as a solo artist.  It peaked at #4 in the U.K., #6 in Australia, #12 in the U.S., and #21 in Canada, and has the distinction of having been performed on the first episode of Top of the Pops, on 1st January, 1964.

The Bay City Rollers took it back into the charts in the 1970s, with eerily identical chart numbers, reaching #4 in Great Britain, #8 Down Under, and #12 in the States.  The Tourists enjoyed similar success with their 1979 cover:  Although it only grazed the Billboard chart at #83, it scored the same chart positions as Dusty’s original in the Australian and British markets.

The song has continued to be a gold mine for any artist with the talent to handle it.  In the 1980s, Nicolette Larson managed #15 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #53 on the pop chart, Luis Miguel topped the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart, and Samantha Fox hit the trifecta by charting in America, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

The original version appears on the 2001 Dusty Springfield anthology, Ultimate Collection.

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