JOHN ROWLES
If I Only Had Time
(Pierre Delanoe - Michel Fugain - Jack Fishman)
New Zealand (recorded in UK) 1968
#3 UK #2 NZ #2 Belgium #2 Netherlands #15 Germany #17 Austria #5 Sydney #14 Melbourne #3 Brisbane #6 Adelaide #7 Perth

English-language version of Je n'aurai pas le temps, lyrics by Jack Fishman.

Breakthrough single on MCA by New Zealand singing star, recorded in London, produced by Mike Leander.

Released in UK February 1968, charted in March. NZ release on CBS charted in May.


For more on John Rowles see his #1 NZ hit M'Lady.


On CD: click on image.

This page lists versions from 1967-68. For later versions, in English and other languages, see Je N'Aurai Pas Le Temps at Arnold Rypens's The Originals.

JEAN-CLAUDE PASCAL
Je n'aurai pas le temps
(Pierre Delanoe - Michel Fugain)
France 1967

On the album Chansons d'hier et de toujours by French singer and film actor (Jean-Claude Villeminot, 1927-1992), also a fashion designer and novelist. In 1961 he sang Luxembourg's winning entry at the Eurovision Song Contest, Nous les amoureux.
MICHEL FUGAIN
Je n'aurai pas le temps
(Pierre Delanoe - Michel Fugain)
France 1967
Original version

Title track on the album Je n'aurai pas le temps, the first by French singer-songwriter Michel Fugain (b.1942).

On CD: click on image.

Pierre Delanoë (1918-2006) was a prolific French lyricist whose collaborations with composer and singer Gilbert Bécaud included two other songs that became well known in English versions: Je t'appartiens as Let It Be Me, and Et maintenant as What Now My Love. His copyrights are registered under his full birth name, Pierre Charles Marcel Napoleon Leroyer.

Further reading: 1. Michel Fugain: official site. 2. Pierre Delanoë: official site.

Later versions:

GENE PITNEY
If I Only Had Time
(Pierre Delanoe - Michel Fugain - Jack Fishman)
USA 1968
Later version

On Musicor album She's a Heartbreaker July 1968, released in UK on Stateside as Pitney Today, October 1968. Also released in some countries as a single, for example in Sweden and Canada.

Source for album release dates: Gene Pitney discographies at Prague Frank's Country Music Discographies.

NICK DE CARO
If I Only Had Time (Je N'Aurai Pas Le Temps)
(Pierre Delanoe - Michel Fugain - Jack Fishman)
USA 1968
Later version

Single on A&M #1000, November 1968.

On CD: click on image.

As well as having been a singer, songwriter and instrumentalist who released records of his own, Nick De Caro (1938-1992) is remembered by devotees of the small print as a talented and prolific arranger and producer.

Spectropop's tribute page notes that a complete Nick De Caro Discography would include at least 315 albums and/or sessions. More difficult to document would be his early work for Liberty and other labels during the mid-1960s.

Leaving aside albums, here are a few examples of songs (well-known and more obscure) that were arranged by De Caro: Gordon Lightfoot's If You Could Read My Mind, Harpers Bizarre's Cotton Candy Sandman (Sandman's Coming), Helen Reddy's Angie Baby, James Taylor's How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You), Mel Carter's Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Nino Tempo And April Stevens's All Strung Out, Roger Nichols And The Small Circle Of Friends' Kinda Wasted Without You, Neil Diamond's If You Know What I Mean...

Spectropop offers an alphabetical list of artists or groups with whom Nick De Caro worked as (mostly) arranger, (sometimes) producer, (very occasionally) songwriter or (*) session-player:

Yasuko Agawa, Alessi Brothers, Gregg Allmann, Tori Amos, Herb Alpert, Paul Anka, Ashes, Baja Marimba Band, Shirley Bassey, Marc Benno*, George Benson, Bonnie & the Treasures, Brewer & Shipley, Jorge Calderon, Glenn Campbell, Roberto Carlos, Vicki Carr, Mel Carter, Johnny Cash*, Cecilio & Kapono, Blondie Chaplin, Beth Nielson Chapman, Chunky, Novi & Ernie, Judy Collins, Ry Cooder, Rita Coolidge, Crackin', Randy Crawford, Credibility Gap, Patti Dahlstrom*, Dancer, Mac Davis, Denise DeCaro, Martin Denny, Jackie DeShannon, Neil Diamond, Michael Dinner*, Dion, Doobie Brothers, Lorraine Ellison, Everly Brothers...

And that's just up to the letter E.

Reference, essential reading: 1. Nick De Caro 1938-1992: A Tribute by Denise De Caro, with contributions by Mick Patrick and Tommy Lipuma, at Spectropop.com.

Song lists: 1. Nick De Caro listings at 45Cat.com: arranger and producer. 2. Nick De Caro credits at Discogs.com.

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