What was the number one song in the UK on 7th June 1957?

By Hayley Beasley Dye

Johnnie is back again and this time with Yes Tonight Josephine, which hit the top spot for 3 weeks.

Oh sweet lord, what is happening. There seems to be continual and random yip yipping throughout this bouncy tune. I can only assume it is representative of Johnnie’s excitement over the prospect of getting Josephine “by the by” (Johnnie’s words- not mine) and now I feel a bit ill. It is an incredibly annoying song. Please don’t make me listen to it again.

Wikipedia

“Yes Tonight Josephine” was a popular music song from 1957. It was written by Winfield Scott and Dorothy Goodman, and was a hit single for Johnnie Ray.

Ray’s recording was produced by Mitch Miller, and gave him his third and final number 1 hit in the UK Singles Chart. The single first entered the UK Singles Chart on 10 May 1957, and peaked at number 1 for three weeks in June. The original record was only available as a 78rpm disc. Altogether it spent 16 weeks on the chart

Lyrics

“(Yip yip way bop de boom ditty boom ditty)
(Yip yip way bop de boom)

Promise me your lips are mine
(Yip yip way bop de boom ditty boom ditty)
Josephine tonights the time
(Yip yip way bop de boom ditty boom ditty)
I will squeeze and hold you tight
(Yip yip way bop de boom ditty boom ditty)
Pack each kiss with dynamite
(Yip yip way bop de boom)

Yes tonight, Josephine, yes tonight (yes tonight)
Everything, Josephine, will be alright (will be alright)
Well I’m gonna give my heart to you
Don’t ask me if I love ya ’cause you know it’s true
Tonight, Josephine, yes tonight (yes tonight)

I have loved you from the start
(Yip yip way bop de boom ditty boom ditty)
I will keep you in my heart
(Yip yip way bop de boom ditty boom ditty)
I will get you by and by
(Yip yip way bop de boom ditty boom ditty)
If I don’t I sure will try
(Yip yip way bop de boom)
 

Yes tonight, Josephine, yes tonight (yes tonight)
Everything, Josephine, will be alright (will be alright)
Well I’m gonna give my heart to you
Don’t ask me if I need ya ’cause you know I do
Tonight, Josephine, yes tonight (yes tonight)

I’ll be Jack and you’ll be Jill
(Yip yip way bop de boom ditty boom ditty)
Love me ’til my heart grows still
(Yip yip way bop de boom ditty boom ditty)
Baby when you hear me shout
(Yip yip way bop de boom ditty boom ditty)
Kiss me quick, knock me out
(Yip yip way bop de boom)

Yes tonight, Josephine, yes tonight (yes tonight)
Everything, Josephine, will be alright (be alright)
Well I’m gonna give my lips to you
Don’t ask me if I want ya ’cause you know it’s true
Tonight, Josephine, yes tonight
(Yip yip way bop de boom ditty boom ditty)
Tonight, Josephine, yes tonight
(Way bop de boom)”

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