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"The Morning After"
side-A label
Side A of the US single
Single by Maureen McGovern
from the album The Morning After
B-side"Midnight Storm"
ReleasedMay 1973
Label20th Century
Songwriter(s)Joel Hirschhorn
Al Kasha[1]
Producer(s)Carl Maduri
Maureen McGovern singles chronology
"The Morning After"
"I Won't Last a Day Without You"

"The Morning After" is a song written by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn for the 1972 film The Poseidon Adventure, winning Best Original Song at the 45th Academy Awards.[1] Following this success, Maureen McGovern recorded a single version that became a No. 1 hit in the US for two weeks during August 1973, with Gold record sales.[2] Billboard ranked it as the No. 28 song for 1973.


The song was written in March 1972 by 20th Century Fox songwriters Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn,[1] who were asked to write the love theme for The Poseidon Adventure in one night. The finished product was called "Why Must There Be a Morning After?" but changes by the record label resulted in the more optimistic lyric "there's got to be a morning after".

In the film the song is performed by the character of Nonnie, played by Carol Lynley, but actually sung by the vocal double Renee Armand. It appears twice: during a warm-up rehearsal and then later during the New Year's Eve party early in the film, before the passengers must escape the sinking wreck. The title appears in the end credits as "The Song from The Poseidon Adventure".


Chart performance


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[14] Gold 50,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

See also


  1. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 136. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ "Songs from the Year 1973". Retrieved 2016-10-08.
  3. ^ "Cash Box - International Best Sellers" (PDF). Cash Box. 21 July 1973. p. 39.
  4. ^ a b Steffen Hung. "Forum - 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Retrieved 2016-10-08.
  5. ^ "Go-Set Australian charts - 28 July 1973". 1973-07-28. Retrieved 2016-10-08.
  6. ^ "RPM AC / Pop Music Playlist - September 8, 1973" (PDF).
  7. ^ "RPM Top 100 Singles - September 22, 1973" (PDF).
  8. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1969 – 1989 Acts (M)". Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  9. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  10. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 159.
  11. ^ "Go-Set Australian charts - Top Records for the Year of 1973". Retrieved 2016-10-08.
  12. ^ "RPM Top 100 Singles of '73 - December 29, 1973" (PDF).
  13. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1973/Top 100 Songs of 1973". Retrieved 2016-10-08.
  14. ^ "GOLD MORNING AFTER UNDER" (PDF). Cash Box. October 25, 1975. p. 45. Retrieved November 15, 2021 – via World Radio History.