What was the number one song in the UK on 24th May 1957?

By Hayley Beasley Dye

American singer, Andy Williams was number one for 2 weeks with Butterfly.

Well, this is inoffensive enough, but I find it quite forgettable. It has a jolly beat considering it’s a song about choosing to end an a relationship with someone you have strong feelings for. The vocals are very much of its time, with that Elvis-esque quality. It’s a 5 out of 10 kind of song though. In short…next!

Wikipedia

“Butterfly” is a popular song written by Bernie Lowe and Kal Mann and published in 1957. The song is credited to Anthony September as songwriter in some sources. This was a pseudonym of Anthony Mammarella, producer of American Bandstand.

The original recording of the song by Charlie Gracie reached No. 1 on the Billboard chart, No. 10 on the R&B chart and No. 12 on the UK Singles Chart in 1957. A cover version by Andy Williams also reached No. 1 on the Billboard chart in 1957. Williams’ version also reached No. 1 the UK in May 1957, where it spent two weeks, and also reached No. 14 on the US R&B chart.

Lyrics

“You tell me you love me, you say you’ll be true
Then you fly around with somebody new
But I’m crazy about you, you butterfly
You treat me mean, you’re makin’ me cry
I’ve made up my mind to tell you goodbye
But I’m no good without you, you butterfly
I knew from the first time I kissed you
That you were the troublin’ kind
‘Cause the honey drips from your sweet lips
One taste and I’m outta my mind
I love you so much I know what I’ll do
I’m clippin’ your wings, your flyin’ is through
‘Cause I’m crazy about you, you butterfly (ooh, ah)
Bom, bom, bom
Ooh, I’m crazy about you, you butterfly (ooh, ah)
Bom, bom, bom, bom
Ooh, I can’t live without you, you butterfly (ooh, ah)
I knew from the first time I kissed you
That you were the troublin’ kind
‘Cause the honey that drips from your sweet lips
One taste and I’m outta my mind
Ooh, I love you so much I know what I’ll do
I’m clippin’ your wings, your flyin’ is through
‘Cause I’m crazy about you, you butterfly
You butterfly
You butterfly (ooh, ah)”

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