Michelle (The Overlanders)

27 JANUARY 1966


The Overlanders’ cover of the Beatles song ‘Michelle’ (from the Rubber Soul album) reached #1 in the UK, where it stayed for three weeks.

This was one of those strange mid-’60s cases in which artists rushed to cover songs off new albums by big acts such as the Beatles, and you’d get the same song from different artists in the charts at the same time. In this case, folk/beat group the Overlanders were one of two acts high in the charts with ‘Michelle’ (the other being the duo ‘Jonathan and David’, who were at #12 with this song during this week).

Although the song itself can be a bit dreary, the two covers of it in the top 12 at the same time shows just how popular it was. This was the Overlanders only big hit, although they were actually pretty good and released better material than this.

Michelle (The Overlanders)

'Michelle, ma belle
These are words that go together well
My Michelle

Michelle, ma belle
Sont des mots qui vont très bien ensemble
Très bien ensemble

I love you, I love you, I love you
That's all I want to say
Until I find a way
I will say the only words I know that
You'll understand

Michelle, ma belle
Sont des mots qui vont très bien ensemble
Très bien ensemble

I need to, I need to, I need to
I need to make you see
Oh, what you mean to me
Until I do I'm hoping you will
Know what I mean

I love you

I want you, I want you, I want you
I think you know by now
I'll get to you somehow
Until I do I'm telling you so
You'll understand

Michelle, ma belle
Sont des mots qui vont très bien ensemble
Très bien ensemble

I will say the only words I know
That you'll understand, my Michelle'

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