Young Love (1956 song)

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"Young Love"
Single by Ric Cartey with the Jiva-Tones
Released1956 (1956)
RecordedNovember 24, 1956 in Atlanta, Georgia
LabelStars, Inc. (Atlanta, Georgia)
RCA Victor (rest of the United States)
Songwriter(s)Ric Cartey, Carole Joyner

"Young Love" is a popular song, written by Ric Cartey and Carole Joyner,[1] and published in 1956. The original version was recorded by Ric Cartey with the Jiva-Tones on November 24, 1956. It was released in 1956 by Stars Records as catalog number 539 and one month later by RCA Records as catalog number 47-6751. Cartey's version never charted.

The song became a hit several times over the years with well known cover versions released by Sonny James, Tab Hunter (in a version that went to number one in 1957), the Crew-Cuts[1], and Donny Osmond who scored a number one hit on the UK Singles chart in 1973.

Sonny James version[edit]

The recording by American country singer Sonny James was released by Capitol Records as catalog number 3602. It first reached the Billboard chart on January 5, 1957. On the Disk Jockey chart, it peaked at No. 1; on the Best Seller chart, at No. 2; on the Juke Box chart, at No. 4; on the composite chart of the top 100 songs, it reached No. 2. On Billboard's country music charts, it was a No. 1 hit for nine weeks, and remained the longest-reigning of James's 23 chart-topping songs on the chart. Billboard ranked it as the No. 8 song of the year for 1957.[2]

The recording was produced by Ken Nelson and was recorded October 30, 1956, at Bradley Studio in Nashville, Tennessee. The vocal backing was provided by Harlan Powell, one of James's band members at the time, Gordon Stoker and one other individual. The Jordanaires backed Sonny James on several songs in the late 1950s and on a few of his songs when he returned to Capitol in 1963, but it was the vocal sounds of The Southern Gentlemen, who joined him in August 1964, that provided his vocal background thru 1971.

The flip side of James's version of "Young Love" was a song called "You're the Reason I'm in Love." That song was a Top 10 hit on the Billboard country charts in early 1957. In 1971, 14 years after the original, James re-recorded that song in a faster-tempoed, horn-heavy rendition as "That's Why I Love You Like I Do" (the original slower-tempoed song featured an electric guitar solo); the newly recorded, re-titled version was released as a single and reached No. 1 in June 1972.

Tab Hunter version[edit]

The recording by American actor and singer Tab Hunter was released by Dot Records as catalog number 15533. It first reached the Billboard charts on January 19, 1957. It peaked at No. 1 on the following charts: the Disk Jockey chart, the Best Seller chart, the Juke Box chart, and the composite chart of the top 100 songs. This version stayed No. 1 for a full six weeks and became a gold record. Billboard ranked this version as the No. 4 song for 1957.[2] The success of this record led Warner Bros., where Hunter was a contract player, to form Warner Bros. Records.

The Crew-Cuts version[edit]

The recording by the Canadian vocal group The Crew-Cuts was released by Mercury Records as catalog number 71022. It first reached the Billboard chart on January 26, 1957. On the Disk Jockey chart, it peaked at No. 17; on the Juke Box chart, at No. 17; on the composite chart of the top 100 songs, it reached No. 24.

Donny Osmond version[edit]

"Young Love"
Single by Donny Osmond
from the album Alone Together
B-side"A Million to One"
ReleasedJuly 7, 1973
FormatVinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
RecordedNovember 27, 1972
Songwriter(s)Ric Cartey, Carole Joyner
Producer(s)Alan Osmond, Michael Lloyd
Donny Osmond singles chronology
"The Twelfth of Never"
"Young Love"
""When I Fall in Love" / "Are You Lonesome Tonight"

In 1973, the song was revived by American teen idol Donny Osmond on MGM Records. The Mike Curb and Don Costa produced version became a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, reaching No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart, spending four weeks at the top in August 1973,[3] and #4 on the Canadian RPM Magazine Top 100.[4]

Chart history[edit]

Other versions[edit]

  • In 1966, the song was covered by Lesley Gore, her version reached number 50.
  • In 1969 a duet version of the song was made by country music singers Connie Smith and Nat Stuckey. Their version reached No. 20 on the Country Music charts.
  • In 1976, Ray Stevens charted with the song, reaching No. 48 on Billboard's country chart and No. 93 on the pop chart.
  • In 1993, Twister Alley covered the song on their self-titled album, and released it as a single. It peaked at No. 70 on the US Country singles chart.


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  2. ^ a b Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1957
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