EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘Young Love’ -Tab Hunter

What was the number one song in the UK on 22nd February 1957?

By Hayley Beasley Dye

American actor and singer, Tab Hunter was at the top spot for 7 weeks with Young Love.

Why is that in the 50s the slightly dull songs stayed at number one longer than the actually really good songs? Young Love is a prime example of this. 7 weeks of this dross? I’m so sorry youth of the 50s. You didn’t deserve this.


“Young Love” is a popular song, written by Ric Cartey and Carole Joyner, and published in 1956. The original version was recorded by Ric Cartey With The Jiva-Tones on November 24, 1956. It was released in 1956 by Stars Records as catalog number 539 and one month later by RCA Records as catalog number 47-6751. Cartey’s version never charted.

The song became a hit several times over the years with well known cover versions released by Sonny James, Tab Hunter (in a version that went to number one in 1957), The Crew-Cuts, and Donny Osmond who scored a number one hit on the UK Singles chart in 1973.


“They say for every boy and girl
There’s just one love in this whole world
And I know I’ve found mine
The heavenly touch of your embrace
Tells me no one could take your place
Ever in my heart
Young love, first love
Filled with true devotion
Young love, our love
We share with deep emotion
Just one kiss from your sweet lips
Will tell me that you love is real
And I can feel that it’s true
We will vow to one another
There will never be another
Love for you or for me
Young love, first love
Filled with true devotion
Young love, our love
We share with deep emotion”

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