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"Paper Roses" is a
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written and composed by Fred Spielman and Janice Torre. It first was a top five hit in 1960 for
Anita Bryant Anita Jane Bryant (born March 25, 1940) is an American singer and anti-gay rights activist. She scored four Top 40 hits in the United States in the late 1950s and early 1960s, including " Paper Roses" that reached No. 5 on the charts. She is also ...
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Marie Osmond Olive Marie Osmond (born October 13, 1959) is an American singer, actress, author, philanthropist, talk show host and a member of the show business family the Osmonds. Although she was never part of her family's singing group, she gained succes ...

Marie Osmond
recorded it in 1973 and took her version to number one on the US country chart.


Anita Bryant version

Anita Bryant Anita Jane Bryant (born March 25, 1940) is an American singer and anti-gay rights activist. She scored four Top 40 hits in the United States in the late 1950s and early 1960s, including " Paper Roses" that reached No. 5 on the charts. She is also ...
's version of "Paper Roses" was originally released in 1960 as a
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, backed with "Mixed Emotions" (Carlton 528). Monty Kelly provided the orchestrations. It was the opening track on her 1961 album ''Hear Anita Bryant In Your Home Tonight!'' (Carlton STLP 12/127), recorded in "Provocative Stereo." "Paper Roses" was Bryant's biggest hit on the Billboard Pop chart, peaking at No. 5 in 1960. Bryant continued to release singles following "Paper Roses"' success, and although some reached the
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, she never had another hit as big as "Paper Roses."


Marie Osmond version


Background

In 1973,
Marie Osmond Olive Marie Osmond (born October 13, 1959) is an American singer, actress, author, philanthropist, talk show host and a member of the show business family the Osmonds. Although she was never part of her family's singing group, she gained succes ...

Marie Osmond
's brothers,
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, were already well-established as stars in the pop music world and as teen idols (especially Donny). The Osmonds' management convinced Marie Osmond to try her hand at singing as well, and soon she was performing with her brothers on tour, but not officially as a member. When she began to record, she took a different tack from her brothers musically: she decided to try to make it big in
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country music
. Osmond was soon signed to
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in
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, who had overseen Donny Osmond's solo hit covers of oldies like "Go Away Little Girl," "Puppy Love," "Sweet and Innocent," and "Hey Girl," used the same approach with Marie Osmond. According to Curb in the book ''Billboard's Hottest Hot 100 Hits'' by
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, when Curb was looking for country songs for her to record for her first album,
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Sonny James
suggested that Osmond sing "Paper Roses."


Release

"Paper Roses" was the first song recorded by Osmond as a solo performer, and also her first single release. The single was released in August 1973. MGM promoted the single first to country radio, and received a favorable reaction to the song from radio stations and disc jockeys. Soon the song became a hit for Osmond, going all the way to number one on the country charts. Before long, the song crossed over to pop radio as well, becoming a number 5 Billboard Hot 100, Pop and number 1 Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks, Easy Listening singles hit. Coincidentally, on the pop charts, it peaked at the same position as Anita Bryant's version. The album and single both received Gold certifications in the United States. Upon reaching No. 1, Osmond became—at less than one month after her 14th birthday—the youngest female artist and youngest overall solo artist to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, a record that still stands as of 2015. In the United Kingdom, where Osmond-mania was just as strong as (if not stronger than) in the United States, "Paper Roses" climbed all the way to number 2 on the UK Singles Chart. Osmond followed up the success of "Paper Roses" with a cover of another Anita Bryant hit from 1960, "My Little Corner of the World," but it didn't fare as well, reaching only number 33 on the country-music charts, and bubbling under the pop charts. She re-recorded "Paper Roses" with the same producer and in the same studio for her 1990 ''The Best of Marie Osmond'' greatest hits album on Curb Records because her record label at the time did not have the copyrights to include the original sound recording and reproduction, recording. "Paper Roses" has been adopted by fans of the Scottish football team Kilmarnock F.C. as the club's anthem and is played at major games throughout the season.


Chart performance


Weekly charts


Year-end charts


Other versions

*The Kaye Sisters had the UK 1960 hit with their version which reached number 10 (Record Mirror chart) on 17 September. *A version of "Paper Roses" was recorded by Maureen Evans in 1960, reaching number 40 on the UK Singles Chart. *"Paper Roses" indeed became an oft-covered song internationally in 1960, as ''Billboard'' magazine reported in its 6 June 1960 issue that no fewer than 33 different versions had been released in various European countries, notably four versions in the UK and six in Germany alone. *A version was also recorded by Cristy Lane for one of her Country Classics albums. *In the UK Dame Vera Lynn recorded the song for her album ''Vera Lynn in Nashville''. *Connie Smith recorded a version for her 1966 album ''Born to Sing (Connie Smith album), Born to Sing''. * In 1974, Flor Silvestre recorded a Spanish version, "Vuelve pronto" ("Come Back Soon"), for her album ''Con todo mi amor a mi lindo Puerto Rico''. *In 1975, Loretta Lynn recorded a version of "Paper Roses" on her ''Back to the Country'' album. *In 1975, the Shaggs recorded a version for their unfinished second album, which was finally released in 1982 on the compilation album "Shagg's Own Thing" * In 1977, Slim Whitman, recorded "Paper Roses" for his number 2 ''Home on the Range (album), Home on the Range'' album. * In 1998, Jolina Magdangal, recorded "Paper Roses" for her album ''Jolina''. *Country duo Joey + Rory recorded a version for their 2014 album ''Country Classics: A Tapestry of Our Musical Heritage''. * In 2017, Kathryn Bernardo is our new version recorded "Paper Roses" for her 2nd Album ''Lovelife with Kath'' by Star Music.


References

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