Such a Night

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"Such a Night" is a popular song from 1953, written by Lincoln Chase and first recorded by The Drifters.

The "embryonic" version of the Drifters, featuring Clyde McPhatter, recorded the song on June 29, 1953, and Atlantic Records released it in January 1954 as the intended B-side of the McPhatter-penned "Lucille", despite being banned by some radio stations as too "racy", it reached number 2 on the American R&B chart in 1954.[1]

The song also became a hit single for Johnnie Ray, whose cover version reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart in 1954.[2] Ray's version entered the US Cash Box chart on 27 March 1954, peaking at No. 18 two weeks later on 10 April.

Elvis Presley also recorded the song and released it on his 1960 album Elvis Is Back. Presley's version made number 13 in the UK and number 16 in the US, when released as a single in 1964.[2]

The Four Lovers released their version of the song in 1956. The Four Lovers later became known as The Four Seasons.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Drifters - Inductees - The Vocal Group Hall of Fame Foundation". Vocalgroup.org. Retrieved 2014-04-03. 
  2. ^ a b Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 13. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
Preceded by
"I See the Moon" by The Stargazers
UK Singles Chart Number 1 single
Johnnie Ray

30 April 1954 for 1 week
Succeeded by
"Secret Love" by Doris Day