The Twelfth of Never

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"The Twelfth of Never"
Single by Johnny Mathis
from the album Johnny Mathis
Released1957
GenrePop
Length2:25
LabelColumbia Records 40993
Writer(s)Jerry Livingston, Paul Francis Webster
Johnny Mathis singles chronology
"Chances Are"
(1957)
"The Twelfth of Never"
(1957)
"No Love (But Your Love)"
(1957)
 
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"The Twelfth of Never"
Single by Johnny Mathis
from the album Johnny Mathis
Released1957
GenrePop
Length2:25
LabelColumbia Records 40993
Writer(s)Jerry Livingston, Paul Francis Webster
Johnny Mathis singles chronology
"Chances Are"
(1957)
"The Twelfth of Never"
(1957)
"No Love (But Your Love)"
(1957)
"The Twelfth of Never"
Single by Donny Osmond
from the album Alone Together
B-side"Life Is Just What You Make It"
Released1973
GenrePop
Length2:40
LabelMGM Records 14503
Writer(s)Jerry Livingston, Paul Francis Webster
Donny Osmond singles chronology
"Why"
(1972)
"The Twelfth of Never"
(1973)
"Young Love"
(1973)

"The Twelfth of Never" is a popular song recorded by Johnny Mathis and later by other artists, including Cliff Richard and Donny Osmond. The song's title comes from the popular expression "the 12th of Never", which is used as the date of a future occurrence that will never come to pass. In the case of the song, the 12th of Never is given as the date on which the singer will stop loving his beloved, thus indicating that he will always love her. The song draws a similar link between the cessation of love and a number of other events expected never to happen.

Mathis initially disliked the song, which was released as the flip side to Chances Are.[1]


The song was written by Jerry Livingston and Paul Francis Webster, the tune (except for the bridge) being adapted from "The Riddle Song" (also known as "I Gave My Love a Cherry"), an old English folk song. Mathis's original version reached number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the USA in 1957. A version by Cliff Richard was released in 1964 and reached number 8 in the UK. Donny Osmond's version, produced by Mike Curb and Don Costa, was his second number 1 single in the UK, spending a single week at the top in March 1973. In the U.S. it peaked at number 8.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 23 - Smack Dab in the Middle on Route 66. [Part 2]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. Digital.library.unt.edu. 
  2. ^ Oliver, Oliver Again Retrieved March 14, 2012.

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Preceded by
"Cum on Feel the Noize" by Slade
UK Singles Chart number one single (Donny Osmond version)
March 31, 1973 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Get Down" by Gilbert O'Sullivan