“Put your head on my shoulder
Hold me in your arms, baby
Squeeze me oh-so-tight
Show me that you love me too”
Have you ever been told these words before? Or would you love to hear such?
Well, either way, it’s kinda sweet and heartwarming hearing such words, especially from your loved one. What makes it more wonderful is sharing the same love, repaid and reciprocated.
Those words mentioned earlier are actually the opening lines of Paul Anka‘s hit, “Put Your Head On My Shoulder.” Surprisingly, it’s inspiration wasn’t actually from a love story of a man and a woman, but it was inspired by Anka’s fans. He wrote this song as an observation from his fans whenever he performs. Well, what could this observation be? Let us know more about this song.
A Billboard Hit Single
Penned by Canadian singer-songwriter Paul Anka, “Put Your Head on My Shoulder” was recorded in August 1958. It was then released as a single by ABC-Paramount in 1959. It was arranged and conducted by Don Costa.
“Put Your Head on My Shoulder” became very successful, reaching number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
On the other hand, the song was re-popularized when released as a single by The Lettermen in 1968. This version just peaked number 44 on the Hot 100. However, it was more successful on the Adult Contemporary chart where it peaked at number 8.
Paul Anka and The Song
“Put Your Head on my Shoulder” is one of the most cherished love songs of all time. Paul Anka wrote and recorded it in 1959, at the height of his fame as a pop idol. Like his previous hits, Anka’s song captured the coy tenderness of the 1950’s teenage popular culture.
His inspiration came from his fans, whom he would observe in the audience during his performances.
“I was very much aware of the ambiance of these record hops…that was a room full of kids, and a lot of ballads, and everyone was holding each other, and I am up there singing alone to all of these teenagers and everybody’s head was on each others’ shoulders. It was kind of important back in the 50’s, a time of innocence and romance…”
Put Your Head on my Shoulder” reached no.2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Nine years later, it resurfaced at no.44 on the charts with The Lettermen’s 1968 rendition.
Other Notable Versions
Began as Anka’s protégé, Canadian singer Michael Bublé also covered “Put Your Head on my Shoulder” on his widely successful 2003 self-titled debut album.
Meanwhile, other cover artists include Ronnie Aldridge, Ray Franky, Leif Garrett, Good Charlotte The Lettermen, Maureen McGovern, P.J. Proby, Gustavo Rivera, Jerry Vale and Albert West.
There’s no better than the original. Watch Paul Anka’s original recording of “Put Your Head On My Shoulder” in 1959.