|Single by Donny Osmond|
|from the album Too Young|
|Released||June 10, 1972|
|Format||Vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)|
|Recorded||April 17, 1972|
|Donny Osmond singles chronology|
In the United States, the best-known version of the song was recorded by Nat King Cole on February 6, 1951 and released by Capitol Records as catalog number 1449. It was a million-selling record and reached the #1 position on the Billboard chart, staying at #1 for 5 weeks and altogether on the Best Seller chart for 29 weeks.Billboard ranked this version as the No. 1 song of 1951. Cole described this song as one of his three favorites among his own songs.
Several contemporary versions were also recorded, making the charts but not as high.
The recording by Patty Andrews was released by Decca Records as catalog number 27569. It first reached the Billboard Best Seller chart on June 8, 1951 and lasted 1 week on the chart, peaking at #30. On other Billboard charts, this version reached as high as #19.
Versions that did not make the top 30 best-seller list, but did chart on other Billboard charts were by Toni Arden (#15, on Columbia), by Fran Allison (#20, on RCA), by Richard Hayes (#24, on Mercury), and by Michael Jackson (on Motown) 1973.
Semprini, piano with rhythm accompaniment recorded it in London on July 7, 1951, as the second song of the medley "Dancing to the piano (No. 7): Part 1. Hit Medley of Slow Foxtrots" along with "Alice in Wonderland" and "Forbidden Love". It was released by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalog number B 10123.
A version of "Too Young" by 14-year-old Donny Osmond became an international Top 10 hit for him, reaching #5 in the UK and #6 in Canada. It also spent eight weeks on the U.S. Top 40, with a peak position of #13 when released as a single (MGM catalog number 14407) in 1972.
In Akira Kurosawa's 1952 film Ikiru, protagonist Watanabe's daughter-in-law is heard humming the tune in a point-of-view scene in which the character is approaching the family home late at night.