Co-charted with the original by Danyel Gérard.
Matt Flinders: singer, bassist, band leader and TV entertainer, born in Egypt of French-Italian-British background, in Australia since 1951.
Formerly known as Louis Bonett, his adopted name would sound familiar to most Australians through the name of the explorer and chartmaker Matthew Flinders (1774-1814).
David Neale in Belgium points out: …the name “Flinders” is a corruption of the Dutch word “vlinders”, the plural of “vlinder” which means… butterfly!
Thanks to Terry Stacey.
Single on CBS (France).
*Gérard’s Butterfly appears in Daniel Lesueur’s French chart book at #8 for
November 1971 and #4 for December. Other sources fail to record any chart placing for France, but as Lesueur himself puts it, le
hit-parade n’est pas une science précise.
Daniel Lesueur, Hit Parades 1950-1998 (1999), via Philippe.
This is Hélas trois fois hélas (1968: see below) with new lyrics and a somewhat altered melody in the chorus
Co-charted with the Australian cover version by Matt Flinders.
The Danyel Gérard discography at Wikipedia lists chart placings for Butterfly in several countries: this was a big hit worldwide
Singer-songwriter Danyel Gérard (Gérard Danyel Kherlakian b. 1941) was born in Paris but lived in Rio de Janeiro as a youngster until returning to France in 1953. His initial rock’n’roll and recording career began in the late-50s but was interrupted by service in the French army.
Thanks to René Ferri for additional details.
Other versions: This is a much-recorded song. See, for example, the 68 “follow-up songs” listed at Cover.info.
Similar title but not the same song as ‘Butterfly’ by Matt Flinders.
First single by Melbourne band, B-side of Tell Me. Follow-up single Penny Brown Girl/Barbara (1969) charted #38 in Melbourne. A later, re-formed line-up included Chrissie Amphlett, later of The Di-Vinyls. The credit A Hammard Production presumably refers to writers Hammond + Guzzardi.
Thanks to Alf Giarrusso of Daisy Clover.
Some other notable red herrings:
• Andy Williams – Butterfly (Kal Mann – Bernie Lowe; also attributed to
USA 1957 #1 USA #1 UK #2 Sydney
• Charlie Gracie – Butterfly (Mann – Lowe)
USA 1957 #1 USA #12 UK
• The Hollies – Butterfly (Allan Clarke – Tony Hicks – Graham Nash)
UK 1967 On album Butterfly
• Mariah Carey – Butterfly (Walter Afanasieff – Mariah Carey)
USA 1997 #22 UK #21 Sydney #31 Melbourne #29 Brisbane #27 Adelaide #31 Perth
• Crazy Town – Butterfly (Seth Binzer – Flea – John Frusciante – Anthony Kiedis – Bret Mazur – Chad Smith)
USA 1999 #3 UK #5 Melbourne #4 Perth
This is in French, with a spoken interlude in English at around 1:45.