Tuesday, March 20, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of the Day-Little Peggy March

Artist:Little Peggy March
Song:I Will Follow Him
Album:The Ultimate Rock & Roll Collection: The 60s

Little Peggy March had her biggest success in 1963 with I Will Follow Him at 15 years of age. It was all downhill from there. She has actually lived in Germany for years and is still a star there. She was born Margaret Annemarie Battavio Mar. 8, 1948 in Lansdale, PA. After singing at her cousin's wedding, she was introduced to the RCA Records production team Hugo & Luigi. They produced Sam Cooke among many others. Because she was 4'9" and was born in March, they called her Little Peggy March. I Will Follow Him was her second single and it topped the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks in 1963. Little Peggy March is still the youngest female artist to ever top the Billboard Hot 100. I Will Follow Him was adapted from the French song Chariot written by composers Franck Pourcel and Paul Mauriat. Pourcel recorded it as an instrumental in 1961. They added lyrics by Jacques Plante and Petula Clark topped the French charts in 1962. Hugo & Luigi hired lyricists Arthur Altman (All Or Nothing At All) and Norman Gimbel to write English lyrics. Gimbel is best known for his work in films with Charles Fox. Peggy's follow up singles didn't do as well. And then in 1966, it was discovered that her manager squandered all her money. She graduated from high school in 1966 and then married her new manager Arnie Harris. You can get I Will Follow Him on this Collectables various artists comp. Despite fading, she continued to record for RCA until the early 70s. She was still popular in Europe and moved to Germany in 1969 and recorded in German. She moved back to the US in 1981. And when a song she co-wrote When The Rain Begins To Fall became a big hit in Europe for Jermaine Jackson & Pia Zadora, she became popular in Europe again and she started recording in German again. These days she plays Las Vegas and Branson and released her first English album in years in 2010. Here's Little Peggy March performing I Will Follow Him 1963. Not the best quality unfortunately.

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