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The Irish singer-songwriter released this song in 1972. Although it was initially dismissed as “depressing” by radio programmers, the promoters at MAM Records (backed by the weight of super-promoter Gordon Mills) got the record played. Once it reached the ears of the public, it immediately became immensely popular. In fact, “Alone Again (Naturally)” was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for six non-consecutive weeks in 1972. It also charted at #1 in Canada, at #2 in Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, and at #3 in the U.K.
The song is quite unusual lyrically, opening with the singer left standing at the altar and contemplating suicide. The singer goes on to tell about the death of his parents, among other depressing details of his life. However, the melody and upbeat presentation tell a story of a man’s resilience in the wake of many disappointments.
“Alone Again (Naturally)” was ranked #5 most popular song of the decade in Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 of the 1970s. It has been covered by Shirley Bassey, Esther Phillips, Nina Simone, and Neil Diamond. The song is parodied on two episodes of The Simpsons TV Show: “Alone Again, Natura-diddily” (Season 11), and “No Loan Again, Naturally” (Season 20).