From '' Dancing Into Danger ''
Label: WEA -- 242 236-1
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
A1 Dancing Into Danger
A2 Think About Me
A3 Heaven Knows
A4 Wild World
A5 One Way Love Affair
B2 Guardian Angel
Lead Vocals -- Hillary Hamilton
Guitar -- Charly Hörnemann, Dave Inker, Peter Weihe
Backing Vocals -- Dave Inker
Drums, Percussion -- Curt Cress
Keyboards -- Dave Inker, Mats Björklund, Michael Cretu
Photography By -- Dieter Dylan Eikelpoth
Artwork [Cover] -- Mike Schmidt
Producer -- Michael Cretu
"Wild World" is a song written and recorded by English singer-songwriter Cat Stevens.
It first appeared on his fourth album, Tea for the Tillerman, recorded and released in 1970 and, continuing the change in Stevens' sound, after leaving Deram Records and signing with Island Records.
Stevens developed a relationship with a young American woman, Patti D'Arbanville, and the two were a pair throughout a period of two years or so.
During that time, he wrote several songs about her, including the hit song "Wild World."
The song is in the form of the singer's words to his departing lover, inspired by the end of their romance.
Stevens later recalled to Mojo: "It was one of those chord sequences that's very common in Spanish music. I turned it around and came up with that theme- which is a recurring theme in my work- which is to do with leaving, the sadness of leaving, and the anticipation of what lies beyond."
Released as a single in late 1970, it just missed becoming Stevens' first top ten hit in the U.S., peaking at #11 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart.
"Wild World" has been credited as the song that gave Stevens next album, Tea for the Tillerman "enough kick" to get it played on FM radio; and Island Records' Chris Blackwell has been quoted as calling it "the best album we've ever released" to that date.
The song has been covered by many artists, with many of the covers becoming hits of their own.
Jimmy Cliff's version, released a few months after Stevens released the original version, reached number eight on the UK Singles Chart.
Surprisingly, Stevens' version was not released as a single in the UK.
Some of the subsequent covers have also been in the reggae style, indicating that they may be covers of Cliff's version, as opposed to direct covers of Cat Stevens' original arrangement.
An example of this would be Maxi Priest's version of the song.
Recorded and released as a single in 1988, this version also did well on the charts, reaching number five on the UK Singles Chart and #25 on the US Billboard Pop Singles Chart.
In 1993, the band Mr. Big released a cover of the song as a single, charting at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100, #33 on the Top 40 Mainstream #33 and #12 on the Mainstream Top 40.
In 1970, Australian band Fourth House released a cover version of "Wild World" as their one and only single. It reached #16 on the Australian charts.
In 1971 Barry Manilow recorded Could it Be Magic, which features the same refrain melodically and lyrically ("Baby, I love you").
In 1987, Jonathan King accused Pet Shop Boys of plagiarising the melody of "Wild World" for their UK #1 single "It's a Sin".
He made the claims in The Sun, for which he wrote a regular column during the 1980s.
King also released his own cover version of "Wild World" as a single, using a similar musical arrangement to "It's a Sin", in an effort to demonstrate his claims.
This single flopped, while Pet Shop Boys sued King, eventually winning out-of-court damages, which they donated to charity.
In 2000, Brazilian pop group Pepê & Neném recorded a version of the song in Portuguese, Nada me faz esquecer (Nothing makes me forget).
In 2006, Littlest Things, the third single released by Lily Allen from her debut album, Alright, Still, was noted as having similarities with Wild World in its introduction.
On July 7, 2007, the song was performed twice at the Live Earth concerts. James Blunt sang it at Wembley Stadium in London, England, while Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) himself sang it in Hamburg, Germany.
In November 2008, the Tea for the Tillerman CD was re-issued in a deluxe version which included the original demo of Wild World.
1971: Claude François (Fleur sauvage)
1971: Barry Ryan
1971: Bette Midler
1971: José Feliciano
1971: The Ventures
1971: Franck Pourcel (Instrumental version)
1971: Sacha Distel
1987: Jonathan King
1987: Inker & Hamilton
1994: Wise Guys
2001: Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
2003: Skye Sweetnam (Billy S. - B-side)
2004: Cat Stevens feat. Peter Gabriel
2004: John Waite
2007: Skins cast. Lead by Mike Bailey
2007: James Blunt
2008: Blue Lagoon
Disney animated characters
2012: Andy Allo