Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Olivia Newton-John, A Retrospective: 1971-1992

Olivia Newton-John

A Retrospective: 1971-1992

Overview:

The country/pop singer was born 9/26/1948 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England. She died on 8/8/2022. Her family moved to Australia in 1953. At age 16, won talent contest to England. Granddaughter of Nobel Prize-winning German physicist Max Born. She was in the Pat & Olivia duo and group Tomorrow before going solo. She won the CMA Award for Female Vocalist of the Year in 1974. In movies Grease, Xanadu, and Two of a Kind. Married actor Matt Lattanzi in 1984, divorced in 1995. Opened own chain of clothing boutiques (Koala Blue) in 1984. Her daughter Chloe was born in 1986. She battled breast cancer in 1992, was diagnosed with cancer again in 2013, and a third time in 2017. Married John Easterling in 2008. She sold more than 100 million records in her career.


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Lists:

Awards:

The Studio Albums:

Hover over an album cover to see its title and year of release. Click on the album to go to its dedicated DMDB page.


Compilations:

Under each album snapshot, songs featured on the anthologies are noted. If the song charted, the date of the song’s release or first chart appearance and its chart peaks are noted in parentheses. Click for codes to singles charts.

If Not for You


Rating:

4.110 out of 5.00
(average of 4 ratings)


Released: November 1, 1971


Peak: 158 US, 14 AU


Sales (in millions): --


Tracks:

  1. Me and Bobby McGee
  2. If
  3. Banks of the Ohio (10/16/71, 94 US, 34 AC, 6 UK, 66 CN, 1 AU) BB, DC, GD, HD
  4. In a Station
  5. Love Song
  6. Help Me Make It Through the Night
  7. If Not for You (3/20/71, 25 US, 23 CB, 24 HR, 1 AC, 7 UK, 3 CN, 7 AU, 5 DF) G1, BB, DC, GD, HD
  8. Where Are You Going to My Love
  9. Lullaby
  10. If I Gotta Leave
  11. No Regrets

Total Running Time: 35:54

Olivia


Rating:

3.977 out of 5.00
(average of 3 ratings)


Released: August 11, 1972


Peak: --


Sales (in millions): --


Tracks:

  1. Angel of the Morning
  2. Just a Little Too Much (1972 single)
  3. If We Only Have Love
  4. Winterwood
  5. My Old Man’s Got a Gun
  6. Changes (8/72, --) L1, G1
  7. I’m a Small and Lonely Light
  8. Why Don’t You Write Me
  9. Mary Skeffington IL
  10. Behind That Locked Door
  11. What Is Life (3/4/72, 34 AC, 16 UK, 34 DF) BB, DC
  12. Everything I Own
  13. Living in Harmony
  14. I Will Touch You

Total Running Time: 40:38

Let Me Be There (aka “Music Makes My Day”)


Rating:

3.440 out of 5.00
(average of 8 ratings)


Awards: (Click on award to learn more).


Released: November 1973


Peak: 54 US, 37 UK, 39 CN


Sales (in millions): 0.5 US


Tracks:

  1. Take Me Home, Country Roads (1/73, 15 UK, 36 DF) BB, DC
  2. Armoureuse
  3. Brotherly Love
  4. Heartbreaker
  5. Rosewater
  6. You Ain’t Got the Right IL
  7. Feeling Best
  8. Being on the Losing End
  9. Let Me Be There (8/25/73, 6 US, 4 CB, 6 HR, 7 RR, 3 AC, 7 CW, 2 CN, 11 AU, 9 DF) G1, BB, MV, GD, HD
  10. Music Makes My Day
  11. Leaving
  12. If We Try

Total Running Time: 42:09

Long Live Love


Rating:

3.750 out of 5.00
(average of 4 ratings)


Released: June 24, 1974


Peak: -- US, 40 UK, -- CN, 19 AU


Sales (in millions): --


Tracks:

  1. Free the People IL
  2. Angel Eyes
  3. Country Girl IL
  4. Someday
  5. God Only Knows IL
  6. Loving You Ain’t Easy
  7. Home Ain’t Home Anymore IL
  8. Have Love, Will Travel
  9. I Honestly Love You (8/3/74, 12 US, 12 CB, 12 HR, 16 RR, 1 3 AC, 6 CW, 22 UK, 11 CN, 14 AU, 1 DF) IL, G1, BB, MV, DC, GD, HD
  10. Hands Across the Sea
  11. The River’s Too Wide IL
  12. Long Live Love (3/31/74, 11 UK, 11 AU) DF

Total Running Time: 36:46

If You Love Me Let Me Know


Rating:

3.517 out of 5.00
(average of 9 ratings)


Notes:

This album was a compilation of material from 1972’s Olivia (2 cuts), 1973’s Let Me Be There (1 cut), and 1974’s Long Live Love (6 cuts) + the single “If You Love Me Let Me Know.”


Released: May 28, 1974


Peak: 11 US, 18 CW, -- UK, 11 CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): 0.5 US


Tracks:

  1. If You Love Me Let Me Know (4/6/74, 5 US, 6 CB, 5 HR, 7 RR, 2 AC, 2 CW, 56 UK, 3 CN, 2 AU, 9 DF) G1, BB, MV, HD
  2. Mary Skeffington
  3. Country Girl
  4. I Honestly Love You (8/3/74, 12 US, 12 CB, 12 HR, 16 RR, 1 3 AC, 6 CW, 22 UK, 11 CN, 14 AU, 1 DF) IL, G1, BB, MV, DC, GD, HD
  5. Free the People
  6. The River’s Too Wide
  7. Home Ain’t Home Anymore
  8. God Only Knows
  9. Changes
  10. You Ain’t Got the Right

Total Running Time: 31:08

Have You Never Been Mellow


Rating:

3.018 out of 5.00
(average of 9 ratings)


Awards: (Click on award to learn more).


Released: February 12, 1975


Peak: 11 US, 11 CW, 37 UK, 3 CN, 13 AU


Sales (in millions): 0.5 US


Tracks:

  1. Have You Never Been Mellow (1/21/75, 11 US, 11 CB, 11 HR, 15 RR, 11 AC, 3 CW, 13 CN, 10 AU, 9 DF) G1, BB, MV, DC, GD, HD
  2. Loving Arms
  3. Lifestream
  4. Goodbye Again
  5. Water Under the Bridge
  6. I Never Did Sing You a Love Song
  7. It’s So Easy
  8. The Air That I Breathe
  9. Follow Me
  10. And in the Morning
  11. Please Mr. Please (5/30/75, 3 US, 11 CB, 5 HR, 6 RR, 13 AC, 5 CW, 11 CN, 35 AU, 9 DF) G1, BB, MV, GD, HD

Total Running Time: 39:29

Clearly Love


Rating:

2.478 out of 5.00
(average of 7 ratings)


Released: September 30, 1975


Peak: 12 US, -- UK, 39 CN, 56 AU


Sales (in millions): 0.5 US


Tracks:

  1. Something Better to Do (9/20/75, 13 US, 15 CB, 30 HR, 28 RR, 13 AC, 19 CW, 26 CN, 60 AU, 22 DF) G1, GD, HD
  2. Lovers
  3. Slow Down Jackson
  4. He’s My Rock
  5. Sail into Tomorrow
  6. Crying, Laughing, Loving, Lying
  7. Clearly Love
  8. Let It Shine (12/6/75, 30 US, 12 AC, 5 CW, 17 CN) G1, GD
  9. Summertime Blues
  10. Just a Lot of Folk (The Marshmallow Song)
  11. He Ain’t Heavy…He’s My Brother

Total Running Time: 31:13

Come on Over


Rating:

3.755 out of 5.00
(average of 4 ratings)


Released: February 29, 1976


Peak: 13 US, 49 UK, 30 CN, 29 AU


Sales (in millions): 0.5 US


Tracks:

  1. Jolene (8/5/76, 29 AU, 33 DF)
  2. Pony Ride
  3. Come on Over (3/13/76, 23 US, 30 CB, 30 HR, 30 RR, 11 AC, 5 CW, 22 CN, 55 AU) G1, MV, GD
  4. It’ll Be Me
  5. Greensleeves
  6. Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
  7. Don’t Throw It All Away
  8. Who Are You Now?
  9. Smile for Me
  10. Small Talk and Pride
  11. Wrap Me in Your Arms
  12. The Long and Winding Road

Total Running Time: 41:10

Don’t Stop Believin’


Rating:

2.458 out of 5.00
(average of 7 ratings)


Released: October 30, 1976


Peak: 33 US, -- UK, 56 CN, 88 AU


Sales (in millions): 0.5 US


Tracks:

  1. Don’t Stop Believin’ (8/7/76, 33 US, 11 AC, 37 CN, 93 AU, 34 DF) G1, BB, MV, GD
  2. A Thousand Conversations
  3. Compassionate Man
  4. New-Born Babe
  5. Hey Mr. Dreammaker
  6. Every Face Tells a Story (10/30/76, 55 US, 6 AC, 58 CN) GD
  7. Sam (1/29/77, 20 US, 12 AC, 40 CW, 6 UK, 24 CN, 56 AU, 10 DF) G1, BB, MV, DC, GD, HD
  8. Love You Hold the Key
  9. I’ll Bet You a Kangaroo
  10. The Last Time You Loved

Total Running Time: 34:19

Making a Good Thing Better


Rating:

3.363 out of 5.00
(average of 4 ratings)


Released: November 3, 1977


Peak: 33 US, 60 UK, 33 CN, 71 AU


Sales (in millions): --


Tracks:

  1. Making a Good Thing Better (6/18/77, 87 US, 20 AC) GD, HD
  2. Slow Dancing
  3. Ring of Fire
  4. Coolin’ Down
  5. Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina (1977 single)
  6. Sad Songs
  7. You Won’t See My Cry
  8. So Easy to Begin
  9. I Think I’ll Say Goodbye
  10. Don’t Ask a Friend
  11. If Love Is Real

Total Running Time: 42:22

Greatest Hits


Rating:

4.207 out of 5.00
(average of 10 ratings)


Charted: November 12, 1977


Covers: 1971-1977


Peak: 13 US, 19 UK, 11 CN, 18 AU, 6 DF


Sales (in millions): 2.0 US, 0.3 UK


Tracks:

  1. If Not for You (3/20/71, 25 US, 23 CB, 24 HR, 1 AC, 7 UK, 3 CN, 7 AU, 5 DF)
  2. Changes (8/72, --)
  3. Let Me Be There (8/25/73, 6 US, 4 CB, 6 HR, 7 RR, 3 AC, 7 CW, 2 CN, 11 AU, 9 DF)
  4. If You Love Me Let Me Know (4/6/74, 5 US, 6 CB, 5 HR, 7 RR, 2 AC, 2 CW, 56 UK, 3 CN, 2 AU, 9 DF)
  5. I Honestly Love You (8/3/74, 12 US, 12 CB, 12 HR, 16 RR, 1 3 AC, 6 CW, 22 UK, 11 CN, 14 AU, 1 DF)
  6. Have You Never Been Mellow (1/21/75, 11 US, 11 CB, 11 HR, 15 RR, 11 AC, 3 CW, 13 CN, 10 AU, 9 DF)
  7. Please Mr. Please (5/30/75, 3 US, 11 CB, 5 HR, 6 RR, 13 AC, 5 CW, 11 CN, 35 AU, 9 DF)
  8. Something Better to Do (9/20/75, 13 US, 15 CB, 30 HR, 28 RR, 13 AC, 19 CW, 26 CN, 60 AU, 22 DF)
  9. Let It Shine (12/6/75, 30 US, 12 AC, 5 CW, 17 CN)
  10. Come on Over (3/13/76, 23 US, 30 CB, 30 HR, 30 RR, 11 AC, 5 CW, 22 CN, 55 AU)
  11. Don’t Stop Believin’ (8/7/76, 33 US, 11 AC, 37 CN, 93 AU, 34 DF)
  12. Sam (1/29/77, 20 US, 12 AC, 40 CW, 6 UK, 24 CN, 56 AU, 10 DF)

Grease Soundtrack


Rating:

4.337 out of 5.00
(average of 22 ratings)


Notes:

See the DMDB page for Grease here.


Released: April 14, 1978


Peak: 112 US, 113 UK, 1u CN, 114 AU, 16 DF


Sales (in millions): 14.0 US, 2.37 UK, 40.4 world (includes US and UK)


Tracks (just those featuring Olivia Newton-John):

  1. You’re the One That I Want (with John Travolta) (4/1/78, 11 US, 3 CB, 11 HR, 3 RR, 23 AC, 19 UK, 2 CN, 19 AU, 2 DF) G2, BB, MV, DC, GD, HD
  2. Hopelessly Devoted to You (7/8/78, 3 US, 4 HR, 3 RR, 7 AC, 20 CW, 2 UK, 11 CN, 2 AU, 4 DF) G2, BB, MV, DC, GD, HD
  3. Summer Nights (with John Travolta and Cast) (8/5/78, 5 US, 3 CB, 4 HR, 10 RR, 21 AC, 17 UK, 4 CN, 6 AU, 3 DF) BB, MV, DC, GD, HD
  4. Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee
  5. We Go Together (with John Travolta)

Totally Hot


Rating:

3.697 out of 5.00
(average of 11 ratings)


Awards: (Click on award to learn more).


Released: November 21, 1978


Peak: 7 US, 30 UK, 5 CN, 7 AU, 14 DF


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, 0.1 UK, 1.25 world (includes US and UK)


Tracks:

  1. Please Don’t Keep Me Waiting
  2. Dancin’ ‘Round and ‘Round (7/28/79, 82 US, 25 AC, 29 CW, 37 DF) GD
  3. Talk to Me
  4. Deeper Than the Night (4/14/79, 11 US, 19 CB, 17 HR, 14 RR, 4 AC, 87 CW, 64 UK, 18 CN, 74 AU, 11 DF) BB, MV, DC, GD
  5. Borrowed Time
  6. A Little More Love (11/25/78, 3 US, 4 CB, 4 HR, 3 RR, 4 AC, 94 CW, 4 UK, 2 CN, 9 AU, 8 DF) G2, BB, MV, DC, GD, HD
  7. Never Enough
  8. Totally Hot (7/28/79, 52 US, 92 CN, 20 DF) GD
  9. Boats Against the Current
  10. Gimme Some Lovin’

Total Running Time: 39:19

Xanadu Soundtrack


Rating:

3.765 out of 5.00
(average of 17 ratings)


Notes:

See the DMDB page for Xanadu here.


Released: June 27, 1980


Peak: 4 US, 2 UK, 2 CN, 16 AU, 18 DF


Sales (in millions): 2.0 US, 0.1 UK, 3.07 world (includes US and UK)


Tracks (just those featuring Olivia Newton-John):

  1. Magic (5/23/80, 14 US, 13 CB, 13 HR, 12 RR, 15 AC, 32 UK, 12 CN, 4 AU, 1 DF) G2, BB, MV, DC, GD, HD
  2. Xanadu (with Electric Light Orchestra) (6/6/80, 8 US, 9 CB, 4 HR, 2 RR, 2 AC, 11 UK, 6 CN, 2 AU, 2 DF) G2, BB, MV, DC, GD, HD
  3. Suddenly (with Cliff Richard) (10/10/80, 20 US, 19 CB, 19 HR, 12 RR, 4 AC, 15 UK, 6 CN, 37 AU, 6 DF) G2, BB, MV, DC, GD
  4. Dancin’ (with the Tubes)
  5. Suspended in Time
  6. Whenever You’re Away from Me (with Gene Kelly)

Physical


Rating:

3.954 out of 5.00
(average of 12 ratings)


Awards: (Click on award to learn more).


Released: October 13, 1981


Peak: 6 US, 11 UK, 3 CN, 3 AU, 15 DF


Sales (in millions): 2.0 US, 0.1 UK, 2.86 world (includes US and UK)


Tracks:

  1. Landslide (1/16/82, 52 US, 18 UK, 8 DF) DC, GD
  2. Stranger’s Touch
  3. Make a Move on Me (2/12/82, 5 US, 5 CB, 4 HR, 11 RR, 6 AC, 43 UK, 4 CN, 8 AU, 4 DF) G2, BB, MV, DC, GD, HD
  4. Falling
  5. Love Make Me Strong
  6. Physical (9/28/81, 110 US, 18 CB, 19 HR, 2 RR, 29 AC, 28 RB, 7 UK, 16 CN, 15 AU, 1 DF) G2, BB, MV, DC, GD, HD
  7. Silvery Rain
  8. Carried Away
  9. Recovery
  10. The Promise (The Dolphin Song) (9/28/81, 6 DF)

Total Running Time: 38:23

Olivia’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2


Rating:

4.408 out of 5.00
(average of 11 ratings)


Awards: (Click on award to learn more).


Released: September 3, 1982


Peak: 16 US, 8 UK, 6 CN, 12 AU, 17 DF


Sales (in millions): 2.0 US, 0.3 UK


Tracks:

  1. Heart Attack (9/4/82, 3 US, 2 CB, 5 RR, 46 UK, 2 CN, 22 AU, 1 DF) G2, MV, DC, GD, HD
  2. Magic (5/23/80, 14 US, 13 CB, 13 HR, 12 RR, 15 AC, 32 UK, 12 CN, 4 AU, 1 DF)
  3. Physical (9/28/81, 110 US, 18 CB, 19 HR, 2 RR, 29 AC, 28 RB, 7 UK, 16 CN, 15 AU, 1 DF)
  4. Hopelessly Devoted to You (7/8/78, 3 US, 4 HR, 3 RR, 7 AC, 20 CW, 2 UK, 11 CN, 2 AU, 4 DF)
  5. Make a Move on Me (2/12/82, 5 US, 5 CB, 4 HR, 11 RR, 6 AC, 43 UK, 4 CN, 8 AU, 4 DF)
  6. A Little More Love (11/25/78, 3 US, 4 CB, 4 HR, 3 RR, 4 AC, 94 CW, 4 UK, 2 CN, 9 AU, 8 DF)
  7. You’re the One That I Want (with John Travolta) (4/1/78, 11 US, 3 CB, 11 HR, 3 RR, 23 AC, 19 UK, 2 CN, 19 AU, 2 DF)
  8. Tied Up (1/15/83, 38 US, 43 CN, 54 AU, 9 DF) G2, GD, HD
  9. Suddenly (with Cliff Richard) (10/10/80, 20 US, 19 CB, 19 HR, 12 RR, 4 AC, 15 UK, 6 CN, 37 AU, 6 DF)
  10. Xanadu (with Electric Light Orchestra) (6/6/80, 8 US, 9 CB, 4 HR, 2 RR, 2 AC, 11 UK, 6 CN, 2 AU, 2 DF)

Total Running Time: 35:54

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First posted 8/9/2022; last updated 8/10/2022.