Butterfly by Charlie Gracie

May 13, 2013

Very few songs reach number one twice but “Butterfly” managed that feat within the same month. Andy Williams had taken the song to number one during March of 1957 and now it was Charlie Gracie’s turn.

Gracie was born in 1936 in Philadelphia and began playing the guitar as a teeneager. He was a regular on American Bandstand before Dick Clark became the host. While he would only place three songs on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Hot 100, one of them would reach the top.

His version of “Butterfly” topped the Most Played In Jukeboxes Chart April 13, 1957 and remained at the top for two weeks. It was followed by Elvis Presley’s “All Shook Up,” after which BILLBOARD ended that particular chart. Since it did not top any of the other singles charts at the time, its timing was perfect.

Gracie is now in his late 70s but continues to perform, especially in Europe where he has retained his popularity.


Butterfly 45 by Andy Williams

April 24, 2013

It may have been the rock and roll era but Andy Williams was decidedly not a rock and roll artist. Still, he retained his popularity for decades. While he sold tens of millions of albums, he also placed 47 singles on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Charts.

He would only have have one number one single. “Butterfly” would stall at number two on the Best Sellers In Stores Chart and peak at number four on the Most Playewd In Jukeboxes chart. It reached number one on the important Hot 100 Chart, March 30, 1957, where it remained for three weeks. It also topped the Most Played by Disc Jockeys Chart for two weeks.

It may not be his most well-known song but it remains the biggest hit of his career.