Top Songs of 1963; #8

The next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1963 was “I Will Follow Him” by Little Peggy March. The music was written by Franck Pourcel (using the pseudonym J.W. Stole) and Paul Mauriat (using the pseudonym Del Roma). It was adapted by Arthur Altman. The song is a translation of the French language tune “Chariot” (lyrics by Jacques Plante) recorded a year earlier by Petula Clark, which hit #1 in France. The English lyrics were translated by Norman Gimbel.

Little Peggy March was born Margaret Annemarie Battavio. When her song hit number 1 she was only 15 years old. March’s success also came with financial trouble. It was discovered in 1966 that all the money she had earned was taken by her manager and she only had $500. She had other songs that made the charts but no further up than number 26 for “Hello Heartache, Goodbye Love.” She moved to Germany in 1969 and recorded some songs in German. She moved back to the US in 1981.

I Will Follow Him” was at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for the weeks of April 21 – May 11. It was on the top of the Cash Box chart for the weeks of April 28 – May 18.

Go to the Peggy March website.

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