"Any Day Now" is a popular song written by Burt Bacharach and Bob Hilliard in 1962. It has been recorded by numerous artists over the years, including notable versions by Chuck Jackson in 1962, Alan Price in 1965, Elvis Presley in 1969, and Ronnie Milsap in 1982.
Jackson, an R&B singer born in South Carolina in 1937, recorded the first version of the song to hit the Billboard Hot 100 chart; it reached number twenty-three in 1962 with the title "Any Day Now (My Wild Beautiful Bird)" and spent six weeks in the Top 40. Jackson's version appeared on his album, which was also titled Any Day Now. The song was Jackson's highest charting hit on the US pop chart, and also peaked at number two for three weeks on the Hot Black Sides chart.
Presley recorded a cover version of "Any Day Now" on 20 February 1969 at American Sound studios, Memphis, Tennessee. This version appeared on his acclaimed album of that year, From Elvis in Memphis. Although not released as a single in its own right, the song appeared as the B-side to Presley's #3 US pop hit, "In the Ghetto", which appeared on the same album.
|"Any Day Now"|
|Single by Ronnie Milsap|
|from the album Inside|
|"It's Just a Room"|
|Burt Bacharach and Bob Hilliard|
|Tom Collins and Ronnie Milsap|
|Ronnie Milsap singles chronology|
Milsap, a popular country / pop singer, recorded the most widely known version of the song. It was the lead single from his 1982 album, Inside, and it peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, spending nine weeks in the Top 40. In addition, this version went to #1 on both the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart (for one week) as well as the Hot Adult Contemporary Singles chart (for five weeks). It also went to #1 on Canadian Country and Adult Contemporary (for three weeks) Charts.
Milsap's producer, Tom Collins, encouraged Milsap to make the song sound different from the original by Chuck Jackson. As a result, Milsap recorded it in a different key and sang it softly.
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||1|
|US Billboard Hot 100||14|
|US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)||1|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||1|
|Australian Kent Music Report||96|
|Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary||1|
|1982 Year-End Chart||Position|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||37|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||83|
|U.S. Cashbox Top 100||95|
The song was also used in the end credits sequence for Paul Thomas Anderson's 2014 film Inherent Vice.