I'm Alive (The Hollies song)

"I'm Alive" is a 1965 number-one UK hit single by The Hollies,[3] written for them by American songwriter Clint Ballard Jr.[2] However they originally passed the song over to another Manchester band, the Toggery Five, before changing their minds and recording the song, which became their first No 1 hit in the UK Singles Chart. It spent three weeks at number one in the UK and was also a No 1 hit in Ireland.[4] The song was released as a single in the US, entering the Cash Box singles chart on July 17, 1965, and peaking at No.84 week of August 14, 1965;[5] it also appears on the US version of the 1965 Hollies album, Hear! Here!.

"I'm Alive"
Single by The Hollies
B-side"You Know He Did" (L. Ransford)
ReleasedUK: 21 May 1965
US: June 1965
Format7" single
Recorded5 May 1965
Abbey Road Studios[1]
GenrePop rock
Length2:21
LabelUK: Parlophone R5287[2]
US: Imperial 66119
Songwriter(s)Clint Ballard, Jr.[2]
Producer(s)Ron Richards[2]
The Hollies singles chronology
"Yes I Will"
(1965)
"I'm Alive"
(1965)
"Look Through Any Window"
(1965)

ChartsEdit

Chart (1965) Peak
position
West Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 16
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[8] 10
Norway (VG-lista)[9] 6
South Africa (Springbok)[10] 3
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 1

Cover VersionsEdit

  • Syndicate of Sound covered this song on their only album Little Girl in 1966.
  • The song was covered by Gamma in 1979 on their debut album, Gamma 1.
  • In 1983 the Hi-NRG group American Fade also covered the song which is listed on HotDiscoMix's Hi-NRG Top 200 — Hits of the 80's.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The 30th Anniversary Collection (CD). The Hollies. EMI Records. 1993. D 202205.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ a b c d Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 93. ISBN 0-85112-250-7.
  3. ^ "Hollies information page". Hollies.co.uk. 1965-09-01. Archived from the original on 2014-05-25. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
  4. ^ [1] Archived January 18, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Cash Box Top Singles - 1965". Retrieved 2016-12-26.
  6. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Hollies, The – I'm Alive". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  7. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – I'm Alive". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  8. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Hollies – I'm Alive" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  9. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – The Hollies – I'm Alive". VG-lista.
  10. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  12. ^ "hotdiscomix :: Dance Music Report :: Hi-NRG Top 200 of the 80's". www.hotdiscomix.de. Retrieved 2015-10-13.