Every UK Number One: Hey Girl, Don’t Bother Me

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What was the number one song in the UK on 18th September 1971?

“Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me” by The Tams was Number One on 18th September 1971 and stayed there for three weeks.

So for another trip back to the past and for your regular dose of cheesy matching outfits and coordinated dance moves on stage. Red and blue leather this time for The Tams. Another group I have never heard of – so here is there video.

Don’t you just love the over the top hair, clothes and music. Yup, that was the seventies.

So here is some info thanks to Wikipedia:

The band formed in 1960, and took their name from the Tam o’shanter hats they wore on stage. By 1962, they had a hit single on Arlen Records. “Untie Me”, a Joe South composition, became a Top 20 on the Billboard R&B chart. The follow-up releases largely failed until 1964, when “What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am)”, reached the Top 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song spent three weeks at number one on the Cash Box R&B chart. Many of their popular hits were written by Ray Whitley.

“Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me” was also a modest US hit the same year. The Tams had only one further major US hit (in 1968) when “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy”, peaked at #26 on the US R&B chart, and subsequently made the UK Top 40 in 1970.[1]

Their 1965 recording “I’ve Been Hurt” was their biggest regional hit (based on sales and airplay) prior to 1980.

The group reached the Number one slot in the UK Singles Chart in September 1971, with the re-issue of “Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me”, thanks to its initial support from the then thriving UK Northern soul scene. The song also went to number one in Ireland, making them the first black soul group to top the Irish Charts.

The group didn’t chart again until 1987, when their song “There Ain’t Nothing Like Shaggin'” reached #21 in UK, propelled by a regionally-popular dance known as the Carolina shag, which featured heavily in the subsequent 1989 film, Shag. However, the track was banned by the BBC because the word “shag” means “to have sexual intercourse” in colloquial British English.[2]

Still quite popular in the Southeastern United States, they continue to record new music and perform at well-attended concerts. In 1999, they were featured performers with Jimmy Buffett on his CD, Beach House on the Moon, and also toured with him around the country.

And what was popular here in New Zealand? Well a song that was covered so often, it was hard to find the original.

I couldn’t find a video of Delaney, Bonnie & Friends just lots of covers from The New Seekers, The Osmonds, Crystal Gale, Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty etc, etc, etc.

Must have been such a popular song for some reason.

Anyway I must go back to the future. And thanks for stopping by.

Raewyn

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