CLIFF RICHARD Just Another Guy (Neil Diamond)
UK (recorded in USA) 1965
Original version #5 Melbourne #2 Brisbane #3 Perth
Single on Columbia, B-side of The Minute You've Gone (#5 Melbourne #2 Brisbane #18 Adelaide #3 Perth).
In Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth this was a double-sided hit; in Adelaide only The Minute You've Gone charted; and in Sydney neither charted.
Recorded at Columbia Studios, Nashville, 25 August 1964, produced by Bob Morgan & Billy Sherrill, with vocal backing by The Jordanaires of Elvis Presley fame [see infobox from Cliff Richard Song Database].
Three charting British singles were recorded in the Nashville sessions on 24-25 August:
• The Minute You're Gone (1965, #1 UK, #6 Australia, the A-side of Just Another Guy);
• Wind Me Up (Let Me Go) (1965, #2 UK, #40 Australia);
• On My Word (1965, #12 UK, #31 Australia).
Out of the same sessions came Angeland Just Another Guy, two songs that charted in Australia but not in the UK.
Earlier in the month, on 19 and 21 August, Cliff Richard recorded some tracks at Columbia Studios in New York, produced by Bob Morgan.
At this time Bob Morgan was Executive A&R Producer at Epic Records in New York. He produced major artists at a number of labels over the years, including Bobby Vinton's hits on Epic beginning with Roses are Red (My Love) (#1 USA). In July 1964 Billboard reported that Morgan had met with Cliff Richard and his producer Norrie Paramor in London to discuss upcoming US recording sessions and repertoire for Richard. [Image: Richard, Paramor, Morgan at EMI London]
Co-producer Billy Sherrill(1936-2015) was a notable Country producer, A&R man and songwriter best known for his career-building work at Epic in Nashville with Tammy Wynette and Charlie Rich . His co-writer credits include Wynette's Stand By Your Man (1968) and Rich's The Most Beautiful Girl (1973).
Just Another Guy was recorded a couple of years before the composer, Neil Diamond, charted with his own Cherry Cherry (#6 US) and with his composition I'm A Believerby The Monkees (#1 US), both in 1966. He later became a major artist, with many hit singles 1966-1982 and a double live album, Hot August Night (1972), that broke sales records in Australia.