Pop Archives

Fourth House - Wild World (1970)

(Cat Stevens)
Australia Australia
#10 Sydney #30 Melbourne #11 Brisbane #5 Adelaide

Single on Fable label, November 1970, released to cover Jimmy Cliff's version.

Co-charted in Sydney and Adelaide with Jimmy Cliff's version.

Fourth House was singer Danny Robinson backed by studio musicians. Produced by Ron Tudor.

Danny Robinson had been lead singer with innovative Melbourne heavy rock band the Wild Cherries. He later joined another former Wild Cherry, Rob Lovett, in The Virgil Brothers after the departure of Mal McGee, yet another former Wild Cherry.

Further reading: Milesago's Fourth House page has detailed background to the recording of this song. See also Milesago's Wild Cherries page.

Cat Stevens - Wild World (1970)

(Cat Stevens)
#11 USA

On the November 1970 album Tea For The Tillerman, on the Island label, also released as a single early in 1971.

The song was apparently written about Patti D'Arbanville, the US actress who had inspired the song Lady D'Arbanville on Mona Bone Jakon (1970).

Jimmy Cliff - Wild World (1970)

(Cat Stevens)
Original version
#8 UK #10 Sydney #5 Adelaide

Single on Island label, entered UK charts in August 1970.

Co-charted in Sydney and Adelaide with Australian version by Fourth House.

Jamaican reggae singer popular in Europe, Africa and Latin America, the star of The Harder They Come (1972), inspired by his song Many Rivers To Cross, heard on the soundtrack (RSE).

Maxi Priest - Wild World (1988)

(Cat Stevens)
Later version
#5 UK #25 USA #12 Sydney #7 Melbourne #6 Brisbane #5 Adelaide #5 NZ

Single from the 1988 album Maxi Priest, on Virgin label.

Reggae star with crossover into modern R&B, London-born with Jamaican background, original name Max Elliott.

Mr Big - Wild World (1993)

(Cat Stevens)
Later version
#12 USA #30 Adelaide

US heavy metal band. On 1993 album Bump Ahead.