Help Yourself (Tom Jones song)

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"Help Yourself"
Help Yourself - Tom Jones.jpg
Single by Tom Jones
from the album Help Yourself
B-side"Day By Day" (Mills)
ReleasedJuly 1968
Format7"
Recorded1968
GenrePop
Length2:53
LabelDecca F 12812 (UK)
Parrot (US)
Songwriter(s)Carlo Donida, Jack Fishman
Producer(s)Peter Sullivan
Tom Jones singles chronology
"Delilah"
(1968)
"Help Yourself"
(1968)
"A Minute of Your Time"
(1968)
"Delilah"
(1968)
"Help Yourself"
(1968)
"A Minute of Your Time"
(1968)
"Gli Occhi Miei"
Single by Dino
B-side"Passano"
Released1968
Length2:30
LabelArc Records
Songwriter(s)Carlo Donida, Mogol

"Help Yourself" is a song recorded by Welsh singer Tom Jones in 1968. The song is one of Jones' best known songs and reached number five in the UK Singles Chart in its original run. It topped the charts in both Ireland and Germany, and spent three weeks at the top spot in Australia.[1] The American single reached Billboard peaks of number 35 pop[2] and number three easy listening, and is still widely played on adult-standards radio.

"Help Yourself" is a reworked English-language version of the Italian song "Gli Occhi Miei" ("My Eyes"), which was written by Carlo Donida with lyrics by Mogol and originally performed by both Dino (Eugenio Zambelli)[3] and Wilma Goich at the 1968 Sanremo festival. British author and songwriter Jack Fishman (a.k.a. Larry Khan) wrote the English lyrics, which bear no relation to the original Italian.

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1968) Peak
position
Australia (Go-Set) [4] 1
Canada RPM Top Singles[5] 34
Germany 1
Ireland (Irish Singles Chart) 1
Netherlands [6] 7
New Zealand (Listener) 3
South Africa (Springbok)[7] 1
United Kingdom (Record Retailer)[8] 5
United Kingdom (NME)[9] 1
United States (Billboard Hot 100)[10] 35
United States (Billboard Easy Listening)[10] 3
United States (Cash Box) Top 100 32

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1968) Position
Australia [11] 17
South Africa [12] 7
UK 25
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [13] 246

Tony Ferrino version[edit]

The song was recorded by comedian Steve Coogan in character as Tony Ferrino. The track was used in the TV show, included on an album and released as a single in November 1996, reaching #42 in the UK singles chart.

Other cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Go-Set Australian charts – 2 October 1968". Poparchives.com.au. 1968-10-02. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  2. ^ "Music: Top 100 Songs | Billboard Hot 100 Chart". Billboard.com. 1968-10-12. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  3. ^ Dino discography at Discogs
  4. ^ "Go-Set Australian charts – 11 September 1968". Poparchives.com.au. 1968-09-11. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  5. ^ "Item Display – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  6. ^ Dutch Single Top 100, 17 August 1968
  7. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Artist Chart History Details: Tom Jones". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 8 August 2010.
  9. ^ Rees, Dafydd; Lazell, Barry; Osborne, Roger (1995). Forty Years of "NME" Charts (2nd ed.). Pan Macmillan. p. 198. ISBN 0-7522-0829-2.
  10. ^ a b "allmusic ((( Tom Jones > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 8 August 2010.
  11. ^ "Go-Set Australian charts – Top Records for the Year of 1968". Poparchives.com.au. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  12. ^ "Top 20 Hit Singles of 1968". Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  13. ^ "1968 Year End". Bullfrogspond.com. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  14. ^ Discogs - Sam Sorono – Sing Tom Jones' Greatest Hits

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