Peggy March is an American pop singer, primarily remembered for her 1963 million-selling song “I Will Follow Him“.

Her real name is Margaret Annemarie Battavio.. but why did she choose the name “Little Peggy March“? She was discovered at age thirteen singing at her cousin’s wedding and was introduced to the record producer partnership Hugo & Luigi. They gave her this nickname because she was only 1.47 m (4’10”) in height, she was only thirteen, the first record she did with them was “Little Me”, and her birthdate was in the month of March.

In 1963, when she was only 14 years old, she released the single “I Will Follow Him“, which soared to number one on the U.S. charts. March became the youngest female artist with a number one hit, a record that still stands for the Billboard Hot 100. The recording also took the number one spot in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan, and Scandinavia.

As in many cases, the success also came with financial trouble. She was a minor and the Coogan Law prevented her parents from managing her money. The responsibility was placed on her manager, Russell Smith. It was discovered in 1966 that he had squandered the fortune away, leaving her with $500. But she soon had a new manager, Arnie Harris, who later on became her husband.

Although she is remembered by some as a one-hit wonder, her singles “I Wish I Were a Princess” and “Hello Heartache, Goodbye Love” made the Top 30 in the United States. She began making a strong presence in the European and Asian music markets (you should see this video :)), and she moved to Germany in 1969. Her commercial success in Germany continued through much of the 1970s and she also tried her luck in representing Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1969, only to be placed second in the national final. March made another Eurovision attempt in 1975. Again she was placed second.


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