|"Alone Again (Naturally)"|
|Single by Gilbert O'Sullivan|
18 February 1972 (UK)|
May 1972 (US)
|Gilbert O'Sullivan singles chronology|
"Alone Again (Naturally)" is a song by Irish singer-songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan. It was released in 1972 at the same time as (but not on) the album, Back to Front. In total, the single spent six weeks, non-consecutively, at No. 1 on the United States Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Billboard ranked it as the No. 2 song for 1972. In Casey Kasem's American Top 40 of the 1970s, "Alone Again (Naturally)" ranked as the fifth most-popular song of the decade (Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Life" was No. 1). "Alone Again (Naturally)" also spent six weeks at number one on the Easy Listening chart. The track reached No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart.
"Alone Again (Naturally)" is an introspective ballad, starting with the singer contemplating suicide after being left at the altar after his bride deserted him, and then telling about the death of his parents. O'Sullivan has said that the song is not autobiographical, as he did not know his father (who died when O'Sullivan was 11) very well, and that his father had mistreated his mother. His mother was alive at the time that his song was written. O'Sullivan later commented "Neil Diamond covered "Alone Again (Naturally)" and said he couldn't believe a 21-year-old wrote it, but for me it was just one song I had written". The song is included on O'Sullivan's The Berry Vest of Gilbert O'Sullivan album (2004) on the EMI record label. Big Jim Sullivan plays the guitar break in the original recorded version of the song.
|Canada RPM Top Singles||1|
|Canada RPM Adult Contemporary||1|
|New Zealand (Listener)||2|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||3|
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Grand Upright Music, Ltd v. Warner Bros. Records Inc., 780 F. Supp. 182 (S.D.N.Y. 1991), was a copyright case heard by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The case pitted singer/songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan against rapper Biz Markie after Biz Markie sampled O'Sullivan's song, "Alone Again (Naturally)". The court ruled that sampling without permission can qualify as copyright infringement. The judgment changed the hip hop music industry, requiring that any future music sampling be preapproved by the original copyright owners to avoid a lawsuit.
Many groups recorded Spanish versions of the song. In Mexico, a version by Grupo Santa Cecilia was successful in the '70s, and in Venezuela there was another version by the group Los Tres Tristes Tigres. Both versions were titled "Sólo otra vez".
Esther Phillips covered the song on her 1972 album of the same title, released on the Kudu imprint of CTI Records.Diana Krall and Michael Bublé cover "Alone Again (Naturally)" on Krall's 2015 album of covers, Wallflower.
Lazlo Bane covered the song for their 2007 album Guilty Pleasures while Lazlo Bane's frontman Chad Fischer covered the song with alternative lyrics for the 2009 animated film Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. Small video production company Clay Cow Productions made a music video for Lazlo Bane's version of the song.
Har Mar Superstar regularly covers the song in his live shows.
Neil Diamond recorded it on his 2010 album of covers, Dreams.
Lee So-ra recorded it on her pop remake album My One and Only Love.
Lori Cullen recorded it on her 2006 album Calling for Rain.