"The Story of My Life" was the first successful collaboration between
Hal David and
Burt Bacharach. Although they did not set out to write a country song, their song was recorded by American
country music singer
Marty Robbins. Robbins was accompanied in the recording by the whistling of
Ray Conniff Singers and a small-scale guitar. The song was released in November 1957 and peaked at number one on two US
country charts (C&W Best Sellers in Stores and Most Played C&W by Jockeys), staying for four weeks on Best Sellers in early 1958. It also crossed over to the
pop chart, reaching number fifteen. It reached number two on Australian Singles Chart.
In the United Kingdom,
Michael Holliday recorded a
cover version on 10 December 1957 at the
Abbey Road Studio. Holliday was backed by the
Mike Sammes Singers, with Sammes singing the deep-voiced "bom-boms". The sound engineer created an echo effect with a second tape head, producing a fuller sound to Holliday's voice. Although Holliday was dissatisfied with the record, it became his first No. 1 in the
UK Singles Chart in February 1958. The song was replaced as No. 1 by Perry Como's "
Magic Moments", also written by Bacharach and David, the first time any songwriters had consecutive No. 1s on the British chart.
In addition to
Michael Holliday's No. 1 single (Parlophone 45-DB-4058), three other versions of "The Story of My Life" were released in the UK around the same time in 1958:
Gary Miller recorded a version that reached No. 14 in the UK; a version by
Alma Cogan reached No. 25; and a single by
Dave King reached No. 20.
A pop-rock version by
Herman's Hermits was included on the US compilation LP The Best Of Herman's Hermits - Volume II, released in 1966.
Billy J. Kramer also recorded a version of "The Story of My Life" on his 2013 CD titled, "I Won the Fight".
It was also recorded by television presenter,
Jim Reeves performed the song in 1957, during one of his hour radio shows broadcasting live on
WSM (AM) from The National Insurance Building in Nashville Tennessee. Performing with the
Anita Kerr singers, he managed to forget the lyrics mid-song. Humorously requesting his music from announcer David Cobb, he recovered for the last refrain. These recordings were released in
2008 on "I'm a Hit Again".
Don Williams had "The Story Of My Life" on his 1983 Yellow Moon album.