The Info List - Frank Ifield

Francis Edward "Frank" Ifield (born 30 November 1937) is an English-born Australian easy listening and country music singer who often incorporated yodeling into his performances. Ifield achieved considerable success in the early 1960s, especially in the UK Singles Chart, where he had four No. 1 hits in 1962 and 1963.


1 Early years 2 1960s success 3 Acting 4 A Song for Europe 5 "She Taught Me to Yodel" 6 Uckfield FM Appearances 7 Discography

7.1 Albums 7.2 Singles

8 References 9 External links

Early years[edit] Born in Coundon, Warwickshire, England, to Australian parents, Ifield emigrated to Dural, 50 km (31 mi) from Sydney, with his parents in 1946. It was a rural district and he listened to hillbilly music (now called country) while milking the cows.[citation needed] He learned how to yodel in imitation of country stars like Hank Snow. At the age of 13 he recorded "Did You See My Daddy Over There?", and by 19 was the No. 1 recording star in Australia and New Zealand.[citation needed] He returned to the UK in 1959. 1960s success[edit] His first record in the UK was "Lucky Devil" (1960), which reached No. 22 in the UK charts. His next six records were less successful, but he finally broke through with "I Remember You", which topped the charts for seven weeks in 1962. Known for Ifield's falsetto and a slight yodel, it was the second-highest-selling single of that year in the UK[1] and became the seventh million-selling single.[2] His next single was a double A-side: "Lovesick Blues" and "She Taught Me to Yodel". "Lovesick Blues" was originally sung by Hank Williams and was treated in an upbeat "Let's Twist Again" style. The other song is a virtuoso piece of yodelling with the final verse – entirely yodelling – sung at double-speed. It also reached No. 44 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. His next hit, "Wayward Wind", made him the first UK-based artist to reach No. 1 three times in the UK in succession. The only other person to have done so at that point was Elvis Presley. His other recordings include "Nobody's Darling but Mine", "I'm Confessin'" (his fourth and final UK No. 1), "Mule Train" and "Don't Blame Me". In 1963 he sang at the Grand Ole Opry, introduced by one of his heroes, Hank Snow. Many of his records were produced by Norrie Paramor. Ifield also was featured on Jolly What!, a 1964 compilation comprising eight of his tracks and four of those of the Beatles which has been considered an attempt to cash in on Beatlemania.[3][4] Despite changing trends Ifield continued to have further hits up to 1966 including 'I should care' 'Paradise' 'No One will ever know' 'Angry at the big oak tree' and 'Call her your sweetheart'. Acting[edit] Ifield starred in the 1965 comedy musical Up Jumped a Swagman.[5] A Song for Europe[edit] Ifield twice entered the UK heat of the Eurovision Song Contest. He came in second in the 1962 heat with "Alone Too Long" (losing to Ronnie Carroll). In the 1976 heat he tried with "Ain't Gonna Take No for an Answer", finishing last of 12. "She Taught Me to Yodel"[edit] Ifield had been told by his management not to yodel because it would brand him. Nevertheless, he sang "She Taught Me to Yodel" as an encore in a Royal Command Performance at the specific request of the Queen Mother to sing a yodelling song. In 1991, Ifield returned to the UK chart when a dance remix of "She Taught Me to Yodel", called "The Yodelling Song", billed as ' Frank Ifield featuring the Backroom Boys', reached No. 40 in the UK Singles Chart. In more than 30 years, it is his 16th appearance on that list. The song was mentioned by Victor Meldrew in the One Foot in the Grave episode "Love and Death". Uckfield FM Appearances[edit] On 10 June 2012, Ifield joined Paul Hazell on his World of Country show[6] on the community radio station Uckfield FM. He discussed his life in music and forthcoming induction to the Coventry Music Wall of Fame.[7] He made another appearance on Uckfield FM, talking with Tony Williams, on 16 May 2017. Discography[edit] Albums[edit]

Year Album Chart Positions

UK[8] US Country[9]

1963 I'll Remember You 3 —

Frank Ifield — —

Born Free 3 —

1964 Blue Skies 10 —

Greatest Hits 9 —

1965 Portrait in Song — —

Up Jumped A Swagman — —

1967 Tale of Two Cities — 35

1975 Joanne — —


Year Single (Songwriters) Chart Positions

UK[8] US[10] US Country[10]

1960 "Lucky Devil" (Wally Gold/Aaron Schroeder) 22 — —

"Gotta Get a Date" (Berry/Ginsbery) 49 — —

1962 "I Remember You" (Johnny Mercer/Victor Schertzinger) 1 5 —

"Lovesick Blues" (Cliff Friend/Irving Mills) 1 44 —

1963 "The Wayward Wind" (Stanley Lebowsky/Herb Newman) 1 — —

"Nobody's Darlin' But Mine" (Jimmie Davis) 4 — —

" Confessin' (That I Love You)" (Doc Daugherty/Al J. Neiburg/Ellis Reynolds) 1 58 —

"Mule Train" (Fred Glickman/Hy Heath/Johnny Lange) 22 — —

1964 "Don't Blame Me" (Dorothy Fields/Jimmy McHugh) 8 — —

"Angry at the Big Oak Tree" (Paul Hampton/Bob Hilliard) 25 — —

"I Should Care" (Sammy Cahn/Axel Stordahl/Paul Weston) 33 — —

"Summer is Over" (Tom Springfield/Clive Westlake) 25 — —

"Please" (Ralph Rainger/Leo Robin) — 71 —

1965 "Paradise" (Nacio Herb Brown/Gordon Clifford) 26 — —

1966 "No One Will Ever Know" (Mel Foree/Fred Rose) 25 — 42

"Call Her Your Sweetheart" (Leon Payne) 24 — 28

1968 "Good Morning, Dear" (Mickey Newbury) — — 67

"Oh, Such a Stranger" (Don Gibson) — — 68

1969 "It's My Time"A (John D. Loudermilk) — — —

1991 "She Taught Me How to Yodel"B (Tom Emerson/Paul Roberts/Van Esther Sciver) 40 — —


A"It's My Time" peaked at No. 12 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada. BCredited to Frank Ifield featuring The Backroom Boys


^ "Chart Archive – 1960s Singles". everyhit.com. Retrieved 30 August 2010.  ^ "Million-Selling Singles". everyhit.com. Retrieved 30 August 2010.  ^ "A Bloody Bad Album". snopes.com. Retrieved 17 June 2012.  ^ "Collector's Corner – " Jolly What!
Jolly What!
The Beatles
The Beatles
& Frank Ifield on Stage:" a Vee Jay 'flop' becomes a highly coveted collector's item:". The Beatles
The Beatles
Rarity. Archived from the original on 23 June 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2012.  ^ Nan Musgrove (13 October 1965). "Frank is home with his bride". The Australian Women's Weekly. National Library of Australia. p. 7. Retrieved 7 June 2014.  ^ "Country singer, songwriter and yodeller Frank Ifield was in the Uckfield FM studio".  ^ "Backbeat: More stars honoured on Coventry Music Wall of Fame".  ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 266. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.  ^ Allmusic.com – Charts & Awards (albums) ^ a b Allmusic.com – Charts & Awards (singles)

External links[edit]

Frank Ifield's official website Frank Ifield with autograph seekers, 1962 Frank Ifield discography from Music City Frank Ifield's Official Discography at Discoogle Frank Ifield on IMDb

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Best-selling singles by year in the United Kingdom


1952: "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart" – Vera Lynn
Vera Lynn
(UK) 1953: "I Believe" – Frankie Laine 1954: "Secret Love" – Doris Day 1955: "Rose Marie" – Slim Whitman 1956: "I'll Be Home" – Pat Boone 1957: "Diana" – Paul Anka 1958: "Jailhouse Rock" – Elvis Presley 1959: "Living Doll" – Cliff Richard
Cliff Richard
(UK) 1960: "It's Now or Never" – Elvis Presley 1961: "Wooden Heart" – Elvis Presley 1962: "I Remember You" – Frank Ifield (UK) 1963: "She Loves You" – The Beatles
The Beatles
(UK) 1964: "Can't Buy Me Love" – The Beatles
The Beatles
(UK) 1965: "Tears" – Ken Dodd
Ken Dodd
(UK) 1966: "Green, Green Grass of Home" – Tom Jones (UK) 1967: "Release Me" – Engelbert Humperdinck (UK) 1968: "Hey Jude" – The Beatles
The Beatles
(UK) 1969: "Sugar, Sugar" – The Archies


1970: "The Wonder of You" – Elvis Presley 1971: "My Sweet Lord" – George Harrison
George Harrison
(UK) 1972: "Amazing Grace" – The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Band (UK) 1973: "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" – Tony Orlando and Dawn 1974: "Tiger Feet" – Mud (UK) 1975: "Bye Bye Baby" – Bay City Rollers
Bay City Rollers
(UK) 1976: "Save Your Kisses for Me" – Brotherhood of Man
Brotherhood of Man
(UK) 1977: "Mull of Kintyre" / "Girls' School" – Wings (UK) 1978: "Rivers of Babylon" / "Brown Girl in the Ring" – Boney M. 1979: "Bright Eyes" – Art Garfunkel 1980: "Don't Stand So Close to Me" – The Police
The Police
(UK) 1981: "Don't You Want Me" – The Human League
The Human League
(UK) 1982: "Come On Eileen" – Dexys Midnight Runners
Dexys Midnight Runners
(UK) 1983: "Karma Chameleon" – Culture Club
Culture Club
(UK) 1984: "Do They Know It's Christmas?" – Band Aid (UK) 1985: "The Power of Love" – Jennifer Rush 1986: "Don't Leave Me This Way" – The Communards (UK) 1987: "Never Gonna Give You Up" – Rick Astley
Rick Astley
(UK) 1988: "Mistletoe and Wine" – Cliff Richard
Cliff Richard
(UK) 1989: "Ride on Time" – Black Box


1990: "Unchained Melody" – The Righteous Brothers 1991: "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" – Bryan Adams 1992: "I Will Always Love You" – Whitney Houston 1993: "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" – Meat Loaf 1994: "Love Is All Around" – Wet Wet Wet
Wet Wet Wet
(UK) 1995: "Unchained Melody" – Robson & Jerome (UK) 1996: "Killing Me Softly" – Fugees 1997: "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" / "Candle in the Wind 1997" – Elton John
Elton John
(UK) 1998: "Believe" – Cher 1999: "...Baby One More Time" – Britney Spears 2000: "Can We Fix It?" – Bob the Builder
Bob the Builder
(UK) 2001: "It Wasn't Me" – Shaggy featuring Rikrok
(UK) 2002: "Anything Is Possible" / "Evergreen" – Will Young
Will Young
(UK) 2003: "Where Is the Love?" – The Black Eyed Peas 2004: "Do They Know It's Christmas?" – Band Aid 20 (UK) 2005: "Is This the Way to Amarillo" – Tony Christie
Tony Christie
featuring Peter Kay (UK) 2006: "Crazy" – Gnarls Barkley 2007: "Bleeding Love" – Leona Lewis
Leona Lewis
(UK) 2008: "Hallelujah" – Alexandra Burke
Alexandra Burke
(UK) 2009: "Poker Face" – Lady Gaga


2010: "Love the Way You Lie" – Eminem
featuring Rihanna 2011: "Someone Like You" – Adele
(UK) 2012: "Somebody That I Used to Know" – Gotye
featuring Kimbra 2013: "Blurred Lines" – Robin Thicke
Robin Thicke
featuring T.I.
& Pharrell Williams 2014: "Happy" – Pharrell Williams 2015: "Uptown Funk" – Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson
(UK) featuring Bruno Mars 2016: "One Dance" – Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla (UK) 2017: "Shape of You" - Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran

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