One Way Ticket (Stephen Lawrence song)

"One Way Ticket" is a 1967 song co-written by American composer Stephen J. Lawrence, which became Helen Reddy's first hit single. The lyrics were written by Bruce Hart. It was introduced by Gloria Loring on her 1968 MGM Records album, Today, Gloria Loring, produced by Bob Morgan.[1] Loring's original rendition was not, however, released as a single.

Helen Reddy cover

"One Way Ticket"
Single by Helen Reddy
B-side "Go"
Released 1968 (Australia)
Format 7"
Genre Pop
Label Philips Records
Writer(s) Bruce Hart, Stephen Lawrence
Producer(s) Bob Halley
Helen Reddy singles chronology
- "One Way Ticket"
"I Don't Know How to Love Him"

Helen Reddy covered "One Way Ticket" in 1968. It was a non-album single, and was excluded from any later compilations of her work as a result of her label change to Capitol Records. Her rendition became a minor hit in Australia. It reached #83 nationally,[2] and charted at #43 regionally (in Melbourne).

In 1973, Pickwick Records included her version on a variety LP entitled, "Helen Reddy/Shirley Bassey/Dusty Springfield."[3]

In 1974 K-tel Records included "One Way Ticket" by Reddy in one of their TV albums, "Dynamic Sound".

In 2005, Raven Records Australia included the song as a bonus track on the two-fer reissue of Helen's "No Way to Treat a Lady"/"Music Music" albums, using a tape furnished by Reddy, since none of sufficient quality could be found in the Universal vaults, which now owned Philips Records.

Cass Elliot cover

"One Way Ticket"
Single by Mama Cass
from the album Mama's Big Ones
B-side "Words of Love"
Released September 1971 (UK)[4]
Format 7"
Recorded 1970
Genre Soft Rock, Pop Rock
Label Probe Records
Writer(s) Bruce Hart, Stephen Lawrence
Producer(s) Steve Barri
Mama Cass singles chronology
"New World Coming"
"One Way Ticket"
"A Song That Never Comes"

Mama Cass covered "One Way Ticket" in 1970. Her version was included on her album, Mama's Big Ones.[5] It was released as a single in the UK in 1971 but failed to chart.[4][6]

Later uses


  1. "Gloria Loring - Today (Vinyl, LP)". Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  2. Steffen Hung (2013-01-27). "Forum - 1968 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  3. "Helen Reddy / Shirley Bassey / Dusty Springfield - Helen Reddy / Shirley Bassey / Dusty Springfield". Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  4. 1 2 "Mama Cass Elliot - One Way Ticket / Words Of Love - Probe - UK - PRO 537". 1971-09-03. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  5. "Mama Cass Mama's Big Ones Records, LPs, Vinyl and CDs". Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  6. Steffen Hung (2000-10-30). "Mama Cass - One Way Ticket". Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  7. "Freddy Fresh feat. Fatboy Slim's 'Badder Badder Schwing' sample of Helen Reddy's 'One Way Ticket'". Retrieved 2016-12-01.

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