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Comments on: DONNY OSMOND – “The Twelfth Of Never”



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By: Richard Gadsden

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 10:53:03 +0000

[stork-boy] Just been looking for my stork number one and, well, I suppose it could have been worse.



By: Ken Shinn

Mon, 30 Jul 2012 23:23:26 +0000

Re wwolfe at number 10: it wasn't "Twelfth Of Never", it was that old trad arr ballad "I Gave My Love A Cherry". It's Bluto's mumbled "sorry" afterwards that really makes that scene (later homaged by Worf in Star Trek: TNG's marvellous Prince Of Thieves-baiting episode).



By: richard thompson

Sat, 24 May 2008 10:03:20 +0000

I secretly like this one, it reminds me of innocent times though my mates liked Slade and this was the first version of this that I heard.



By: Erithian

Wed, 11 Jul 2007 13:33:27 +0000

More of those please! : )



By: Martin Skidmore

Wed, 11 Jul 2007 13:01:44 +0000

I'm with Tim on Pat Kelly's version, even though from memory it doesn't have his occasional trick of making up any nonsensical lyric that sounds vaguely similar, rather than finding out the real one. This tendency is particularly entertaining when he sings "We skipped the light and dangled" on his 'Whiter Shade Of Pale' cover.



By: wwolfe

Tue, 10 Jul 2007 23:20:28 +0000

The best version of "Twelfth of Never" is the one in the movie "Animal House," where John Belushi as Bluto Blutarsky, clad in a toga, wrests the acoustic guitar from Stephen Bishop's hands and smashes the instrument against the frat house wall. As noted, though, Donny really knew how to toss a mic from hand to hand.



By: intothefireuk

Tue, 10 Jul 2007 19:38:16 +0000

and the 12th of Never is about when I'd like to hear this again. v.cheap comment I know but it doesn't really deserve any more.



By: Tim

Mon, 09 Jul 2007 12:48:11 +0000

My favourite "Twelfth of Never" is the Pat Kelly version, nicely upbeat early reggae. I'm particularly keen on the way Pat drapes the slow vocal line over the (relatively) quick and tricksy backing track. I'm also keen because it was the "first song" at my big brother's wedding, awwww.



By: Marcello Carlin

Mon, 09 Jul 2007 09:57:19 +0000

Also a UK hit for Cliff in '64 and Elvis in '95 but curiously not for Johnny Mathis.



By: Erithian

Mon, 09 Jul 2007 09:45:04 +0000

This is of course another 50s song – originally performed by Johnny Mathis I think. I was intensely irritated by Donny’s weedy retreads by this stage, and remember distracting myself during one TOTP by counting the number of times he passed the microphone from hand to hand. As I recall it totted up to 26. There’s not a lot more to be said about this one!



By: doofuus2003

Mon, 09 Jul 2007 06:51:48 +0000

Could have been the Stylistics, or maybe the Delfonics? I have it somewhere, but it's in my loft 8000 miles away...



By: Marcello Carlin

Mon, 09 Jul 2007 06:44:07 +0000

The Stylistics as produced by Thom Bell were great (as opposed to the Van McCoy-produced Stylistics) but the Tymes version probably is the one you mean since, as Popular will confirm, they made a sizeable comeback in the seventies. As "Twelfth Of Never" versions go, however, Jeff Buckley's reading on Live At Sin-E slays all.



By: Waldo

Sun, 08 Jul 2007 11:05:45 +0000

Tom's "Witicha Lineman" intro connection is spot on. But this offering from Donny was so utterly cheesy that it was well on its way to "The Golden Triangle for 1973 Chart Toppers as sponsored by Dairylea" before The Blonde and The Blindy came along.



By: pˆnk s lord sükråt cunctør

Sat, 07 Jul 2007 18:54:47 +0000

somewhere i have a soul version of this song, which i remember as pretty great: from the sound i'm remembering in my mind's ear i thought maybe the stylistics, but it isn't on either of my stylistics LP -- the interweb sez the tymes did it, also, but that's surely too early, at least for all the strings and general smoochiness i'm (imagining) hearing ["great" may be pushing it a bit, since i know my love of the stylistics is by no means shared by one and all!]



By: Rosie

Sat, 07 Jul 2007 18:00:15 +0000

The thing is, if you didn't know anything more than that this was a number one hit sometime from 1952 to the present day, one might guess very early in the range. It would certainly fit, but Donny is no 50s crooner and his voice would seem thin and weedy by the standards of that time. Strangely, perhaps, it reminds me now of one of the nicest surprises I had in discovering the hits of those first few years, the Dreamweaver's It's Almost Tomorrow, although the song is well-known in other versions, some of which knock Donny for six. It's a good workmanlike performance, but eminently forgettable.