When (The Kalin Twins song)

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Single by The Kalin Twins
Released 1958
Recorded 1958
Genre Pop
Length 2:58
Label Brunswick Records[1]
Songwriter(s) Paul Evans, Jack Reardon[1]
Producer(s) Jack Pleis[1]
Single by Showaddywaddy
Released 1977
Recorded 1976
Genre Rock & Roll
Length 3:27
Label Arista Records[2]
Songwriter(s) Paul Evans, Jack Reardon
Producer(s) Mike Hurst[2]
Showaddywaddy singles chronology
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"When" is a popular song written by Jack Reardon and Paul Evans and published in 1958.

The Kalin Twins version[edit]

The biggest hit version was recorded by The Kalin Twins in 1958, a chart-topper in the UK Singles Chart for five weeks,[1][3] and No. 5 in the US Billboard Hot 100. In French 1958 single charts it spent 18 weeks as number 1, and in the Netherlands the song charted for 30 weeks and was also a number one for 5 weeks.[4]

Cover versions[edit]

In 1958, a German version of "When" was recorded as "Wenn" by German Schlager music group Die James Brothers.[5]

In 1977, Showaddywaddy had a UK No. 3 hit with the song.[6]

The song was revived in 2004 by Daniel O'Donnell in his album of songs from the 1950s and 1960s, The Jukebox Years.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  2. ^ a b "Showaddywaddy - When (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 88–9. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ "Dutch Charts". Retrieved 2015-07-23. 
  5. ^ "Die James Brothers - Wenn (When) (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 25 February 2017. 
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 497. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
Preceded by
"All I Have to Do Is Dream" by The Everly Brothers
UK number-one single by The Kalin Twins
(Brunswick OE 9383)

August 22, 1958 - September 19, 1958 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Carolina Moon" by Connie Francis