EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘Side Saddle’ – Russ Conway
What was the number one song in the UK on 27th March 1959?
By Hayley Beasley Dye
English pianist, Russ Conway, was number one for 4 weeks with Side Saddle.
Oh here we go, another honky-tonk piano instrumental. The jangly tinkling of the piano keys, gave me bit of headache to be honest. Though I’m quite impressed that Conway, taught himself to play the piano whilst he was in a borstal for three years!
“Side Saddle” is a hit single which was number one in the UK Singles Chart for four weeks from 27 March 1959.
The honky-tonk style tune, composed and played by British popular music pianist Russ Conway, was written as part of the score for a television musical adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. Conway, sitting in the TV rehearsal room, was asked to write a last-minute tune for one small scene set in a ballroom. He wrote 16 bars as an “olde-world gavotte” and hastily titled it “Side Saddle” in the margin.
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