English-language version of Je n’aurai pas le temps, adaptation 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.
This page lists a few versions from 1967-68. About 15 others from that period are included among over 50 versions listed at Cover.info. See also Je n’aurai pas le temps at The Originals for a judicious selection.
Words are by Pierre Delanoë (1918-2006), notable 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.
Grazie a Philippe
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.
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.
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 records (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 has 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…
And that’s just up to the letter C.
Source for album release dates: Gene Pitney discographies at Prague Frank’s Country Music Discographies.
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.
Mal (Paul Bradley Couling, b. 1944) also released records as Mal Ryder. He was born in Llanfrechfa, Wales but grew up in Wolvercote, Oxford.
He had been in Oxford bands The Meteors and The Spirits, adopting the stage name Mal Ryder along the way. Three singles were released, two as Mal Ryder (1964 and 1965) and one as Mal Ryder & The Spirits (1964). The Spirits toured the UK and Germany before breaking up in 1965.
Mal next joined The Primitives who released a single as Mal Ryder & The Primitives before touring in Norway, France, Spain and – most importantly – Italy. Mal has been in Italy ever since, having built a successful career as a recording artist (with the Primitives and solo) and as an actor on screen and stage.
Betty Blu was released in 1968 then performed by Mal dei Primitives in the Italian film Pensiero d’amore (1969) which starred Mal as Reg, a singing “young English peer” who hitches around Europe and finds romance in Italy.