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"One Day I'll Fly Away" is a song performed by American jazz singer Randy Crawford, from her fourth studio album, Now We May Begin (1980). The song was written by Joe Sample and Will Jennings and produced by Sample, Wilton Felder and Stix Hooper. It received generally favorable reviews from music critics. The song was a commercial success in the international market at the time, reaching number one in Belgium (Flanders) and Netherlands, while peaking at number two in the United Kingdom.

"One Day I'll Fly Away"
Randy Crawford - One Day I'll Fly Away.jpeg
Single by Randy Crawford
from the album Now We May Begin
B-side
  • "Blue Flame"
  • "Last Night at Danceland"
  • "Tender Falls the Rain"
Released1980
Format7", 12"
GenreJazz[1]
Length5:02
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Joe Sample, Will Jennings
Producer(s)Joe Sample, Wilton Felder, Stix Hooper
Randy Crawford singles chronology
"Last Night at Danceland"
(1980)
"One Day I'll Fly Away"
(1980)
"People Alone"
(1981)
Audio sample

"One Day I'll Fly Away" is Crawford's highest charting single, and has been covered by many artists, most notably by Nicole Kidman portraying the character of Satine in 2001 motion picture Moulin Rouge!. In 2013, Girls Aloud member Kimberley Walsh released a cover of the song as the lead single from her debut studio album, Centre Stage. More recently the song has also been covered by British Electronica trio Vaults which was featured in the John Lewis 2016 Christmas advertisement.

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Composition and receptionEdit

"One Day I'll Fly Away" was written by Joe Sample and Will Jennings, and produced by Sample, Wilton Felder and Stix Hooper. The main hook (in which the singer sings the title of the song) is itself an interpolation of Tchaikovsky's Waltz of the Flowers from his Nutcracker Suite.[2] Jon O'Brien of Allmusic said that the song showcases Crawford's "sumptuous, soulful tones."[3] Writing about the singer's life for The Daily Telegraph, critic Helen Brown said that "in the pouty world of the jazz chanteuse, Randy Crawford's smile is unique," adding that "even on the saddest of songs, A Rainy Night in Georgia or One Day I'll Fly Away, you could hear those trembling lips spread outwards and upwards through the tears."[4] "One Day I'll Fly Away" got widespread radio airplay and did well in the international market,[5] and is Crawford's highest charting single.[3] On September 20, 1980, the song reached number two on the UK Singles Chart.[6] It also performed well in Belgium (Flanders) and Netherlands, reaching number one in both countries.[7]

Formats and track listingsEdit

  1. "One Day I'll Fly Away" – 4:58
  2. "Blue Flame" – 6:25
  1. "One Day I'll Fly Away" – 3:40
  2. "Tender Falls the Rain" – 4:13
  1. "One Day I'll Fly Away" – 5:00
  2. "Last Night at Danceland" – 4:53

ChartsEdit

Chart (1980) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[11] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[12] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 2

Nicole KidmanEdit

"One Day I'll Fly Away"
 
Single by Nicole Kidman
from the album Moulin Rouge! Vol. 2
B-sideInstrumental, "Your Song"
ReleasedApril 5, 2002
FormatCD single, CD Maxi
Recorded2001
Length5:09
LabelInterscope
Songwriter(s)Joe Sample, Will Jennings
Producer(s)BLAM, Craig Armstrong, Josh G Abrahams, Marius de Vries
Nicole Kidman singles chronology
"Somethin' Stupid"
(2001)
"One Day I'll Fly Away"
(2002)
Audio sample
Music video
"One Day I'll Fly Away" on YouTube

In 2001, "One Day I'll Fly Away" was recorded by Nicole Kidman for the motion picture Moulin Rouge!, in which she portrayed the character of Satine.[1] A special remix designed by Tony Phillips has been promoted on single, issued by Interscope on April 5, 2002.

Credits and personnelEdit

Track listingsEdit

  • CD Single, UK, 497 703-2[14]
  1. "One Day I'll Fly Away" (Tony Phillips Remix) - 5:11
  2. "One Day I'll Fly Away" (Original Album Version) - 3:17
  3. "Your Song" (Instrumental From The Rehearsal Montage Scene) - 2:28
  • CD Maxi, Europe, 497 684-2[15]
  1. "One Day I'll Fly Away" (Tony Phillips Remix) - 5:11
  2. "One Day I'll Fly Away" (Original Album Version) - 3:17
  3. "One Day I'll Fly Away" (Instrumental) - 3:16
  4. "Your Song" (Instrumental From The Rehearsal Montage Scene) - 2:28
  • CD Single, Europe, Promo, MOULINCDP4[16]
  1. "One Day I'll Fly Away" (Tony Phillips Remix - Radio Edit) - 3:42
  2. "One Day I'll Fly Away" (Original Album Version) - 3:17
  • CD Single, US, Promo, INTR 10610-2[17]
  1. "One Day I'll Fly Away" (Original Album Version) - 3:17

Cover versions and samplesEdit

Dutch symphonic metal band After Forever covered the song and released it on Exordium (2003).[18] Gospel singer Ruben Studdard released a cover as a Wal-Mart-exclusive bonus track on his fourth album, Love Is (2009).[19] The song is performed as an instrumental by Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden on their 2010 album Jasmine.[20] The opening bars of "One Day I'll Fly Away" have also appeared on the 2010 Leaving Certificate Music Listening exam in Ireland, as an unprepared Aural Awareness excerpt on Q6.[21] Italian singer Bianca Atzei covered the songs and released it as a single on December 9, 2013.[22] British soprano Sarah Brightman also covered an operatic version of the song, but it was not included in either CD or digital download until 2015, when her version was included in the first of the 3 volumes of the digital download Rarities (hence her "Test version"). British Electronica trio Vaults covered the song to be the soundtrack featured in the John Lewis 2016 Christmas advertisement.

Kimberley WalshEdit

"One Day I'll Fly Away"
 
Single by Kimberley Walsh
from the album Centre Stage
ReleasedJanuary 4, 2013
FormatDigital download
Recorded2012
GenreMusical theatre
Length3:43
LabelDecca
Songwriter(s)Joe Sample, Will Jennings
Producer(s)Per Magnusson, David Kreuger
Kimberley Walsh singles chronology
"One Vision"
(2012)
"One Day I'll Fly Away"
(2013)
Audio sample
Music video
"One Day I'll Fly Away" on YouTube

Background and releaseEdit

Following her solo endeavours and musical theatre performances, Girls Aloud member Kimberley Walsh decided to record a studio album featuring her own renditions of popular hits from musicals, commenting that "I've always loved musical theatre and doing Shrek the Musical definitely reignited the passion in me."[23] For the album, Walsh commented that she wanted "to share the love I have for musical theatre by taking some classic songs and completely reinventing them. The melodies in so many musical songs are so brilliant, I knew we could create something special by experimenting with the production, and I really feel like we've come up with some interesting takes on classic songs."[23] On December 21, 2012, "One Day I'll Fly Away" premiered in full through the label's official SoundCloud account.[24] The song was recorded in Stockholm, Sweden and produced by Per Magnusson and David Kreuger.[25] It was officially released on January 4, 2013 as the lead single from Centre Stage through digital download under Decca Records.[26] Along with the album version, the digital release of "One Day I'll Fly Away" includes the Radio Edit and The Alias Club Mix.[26] Peter Robinson of Popjustice compared the latter to Psy's Gangnam Style (2012).[27]

Music video and live performancesEdit

The accompanying music video was directed by Paul Caslin[28] and produced by Amy James through production company JJ Stereo. It was shot in 2K on an Arri Alexa on January 4, 2013 at Pinewood Studios,[25] with 4music publishing behind-the-scenes pictures of the shooting session.[29] The lyric video premiered on January 12, 2013 through VEVO,[30] while the music video premiered on January 17, 2013.[25] It features Walsh performing the song in different settings, until she is joined by Pasha Kovalev and they perform a ballet number.[31] Daily Mail journalist Kimberley Dadds compared Walsh's style to "classic Hollywood", adding that "although she is without the rest of the girls, Kimberley shines in a series of sparkly and ladylike dresses and gowns."[25] On January 23, 2013, Walsh performed "One Day I'll Fly Away" at the National Television Awards,[32] and on February 2, 2013 at G.A.Y.[33]

Track listingEdit

  • Digital download[34]
  1. "One Day I'll Fly Away" – 3:43
  2. "One Day I'll Fly Away" (Radio Edit) – 3:28
  3. "One Day I'll Fly Away" (The Alias Club Mix) – 6:22

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label
Brazil[35] January 4, 2013 Digital download Decca Records
Ireland[26]
United Kingdom[34]

VaultsEdit

"One Day I'll Fly Away"
Single by Vaults
from the album Caught in Still Life
Released10 November 2016
FormatDigital download
GenrePop
Length3:27
LabelVirgin EMI Records
Songwriter(s)Joe Sample, Will Jennings
Vaults singles chronology
"Midnight River"
(2016)
"One Day I'll Fly Away"
(2016)

British Electronica trio Vaults covered the song to be the soundtrack featured in the John Lewis 2016 Christmas advertisement. "One Day I'll Fly Away" is included of the Vaults's debut studio album, Caught in Still Life.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Will Jennings One Day I'll Fly Away Sheet Music". Music Notes. Irving Music Inc. January 17, 2013.
  2. ^ Now We May Begin liner notes. Warner Music Group (1980)
  3. ^ a b O'Brien, Jon. "The Best of Randy Crawford – Randy Crawford". AllMusic. Retrieved January 17, 2013.
  4. ^ Brown, Helen (October 27, 2008). "Randy Crawford's journey from Street Life to sweet life". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved January 17, 2013.
  5. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Now We May Begin – Randy Crawford". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 17, 2013.
  6. ^ "1980 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive". UK Singles Chart. Official Charts Company. September 20, 1980. Retrieved January 17, 2013.
  7. ^ "Randy Crawford - One Day I'll Fly Away - swisscharts.com". Hung Media. Retrieved January 17, 2013.
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  10. ^ "Randy Crawford – One Day I'll Fly Away (Netherlands Vinyl)". Discogs.com. Retrieved January 17, 2013.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Randy Crawford – One Day I'll Fly Away" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved January 17, 2013.
  12. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Randy Crawford" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved January 17, 2013.
  13. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 17, 2013.
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  16. ^ "Nicole Kidman - One Day I'll Fly Away". Discogs. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
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  18. ^ "After Forever – Exordium". Discogs. Retrieved January 17, 2013.
  19. ^ Love Is liner notes. Hickory Records (2009)
  20. ^ "Jasmine: Keith Jarrett, Charlie Haden: Music". Amazon.com. May 25, 2010. Retrieved January 17, 2013.
  21. ^ "Leaving Certificate 2010 Music Listening paper" (PDF). Commisiún na Scrúdaithe Stáit. June 24, 2010. Retrieved June 24, 2010.
  22. ^ "One Day I'll Fly Away - Single di Bianca Atzei". Itunes.apple.com. December 3, 2013. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  23. ^ a b Corner, Lewis (November 5, 2012). "Girls Aloud's Kimberley Walsh announces debut solo album 'Centre Stage'". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved December 16, 2012.
  24. ^ Corner, Lewis (December 21, 2012). "Exclusive: Kimberley Walsh premieres 'One Day I'll Fly Away' in full – listen". Digital Spy. Retrieved December 25, 2012.
  25. ^ a b c d "Move over Cheryl: Kimberley Walsh takes Centre Stage as she unveils debut solo music video for One Day I'll Fly Away". Daily Mail. Associated Newspapers. January 17, 2013. Retrieved January 18, 2013.
  26. ^ a b c "One Day I'll Fly Away – Single by Kimberley Walsh". iTunes Store. Apple, Inc. January 4, 2013. Retrieved January 18, 2013.
  27. ^ Robinson, Peter (January 17, 2013). "Video: Kimberley Walsh – 'One Day I'll Fly Away'". Popjustice. Retrieved January 18, 2013.
  28. ^ "Kimberly Walsh - One day I'll fly away". Robert Bates. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  29. ^ "Gallery: Kimberley Walsh One Day I'll Fly Away Video Shoot". 4music. Box Television. January 4, 2013. Retrieved January 18, 2013.
  30. ^ Curtis, Beth (January 12, 2013). "Kimberley Walsh debut solo single 'One Day I'll Fly Away' – listen". Digital Spy. Retrieved January 18, 2013.
  31. ^ Jeffries, Mark (January 17, 2013). "First look at Kimberley Walsh's music video for One Day I'll Fly Away!". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved January 17, 2013.
  32. ^ Sperling, Daniel (January 23, 2013). "National Television Awards 2013 – Live Blog". Digital Spy. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  33. ^ Hardie, Beth (February 3, 2013). "Kimberley Walsh treats the GAY crowd to her boobs and knickers". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
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