Alone Again (Naturally) by Gilbert O'Sullivan.
It’s a particularly gloomy day here in northern Illinois where it has been raining more or less steadily since yesterday afternoon. I can’t get out for my daily life affirming constitutional and our little dog who won’t go out when there is as much as a drop falling is miserable and moping. Must be time for a vein opener. Alone Again (Naturally) definitely fits that bill.
The sleeve for the 1972 British release of Alone Again (Naturally).
Irish singer/songwriter Gilbert O’Sullivan—born Raymond Edward O'Sullivan—scored a huge international hit with Alone Again which was written when he was just 21 and recorded a year later in 1972. The lilting ballad about a man jilted before his wedding and then describing the deaths of his parents was often presumed to be autobiographical. But he was never engaged his father, who had abused his mother died when he was 11 years old, and his mother was still alive. O’Sullivan said “it was just one of the songs I was writing at the time.”
It charted #1 in Ireland, the United Kingdom, the U.S., Canada, and France as well as #2 in Australia, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.
O'Sullivan's odd appearance and image as the cloth capped Bisto Kid with the bad bowl haircut and funny assumed name were all his own creation to mask a deep shyness.
Neil Diamond who was one of the artists who covered Alone Again said that he couldn’t believe a 21-year-old wrote it.