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“You’re the One” is a song by Petula Clark. It was later also included on the 1965 album I Know a Place. Written by Clark with her regular songwriter and record producer Tony Hatch, “You’re the One” was a Top 30 hit in the UK Singles chart for Clark, but was more successful as a Top Ten US single release by The Vogues.

Petula Clark thus describes the genesis of “You’re the One”: “we were making yet another LP, and that’s like twelve thirteen songs. He’d written twelve, and he said, ‘Listen, I haven’t got a number thirteen in me at all. Write something.’ And I said, ‘Okay. I’ll try.’ And I wrote the melody of ‘You’re the One.’ And he wrote the lyric.”[1] As was standard with Clark’s tracks produced by Hatch, “You’re the One” was recorded at Pye Studios in Marble Arch. Hatch also conducted for the session whose personnel featured Bobby Graham on drums, Big Jim Sullivan on guitar and The Breakaways vocal group.

Originally there were no plans to issue a follow-up to the “I Know a Place” single off its parent album; instead two newly recorded Petula Clark singles were consecutively released: “You’d Better Come Home” and “Round Every Corner” both of which barely made the UK Top 50. Both singles were substantially more successful in the US where each neared the Top 20 in respectively the summer and autumn of 1965. However the US chart impact of Clark’s own singles in the latter half of 1965 paled next to that of a recording of Clark’s composition “You’re the One” by the Vogues which reached #4 US that autumn.[2]

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