What was the number one song in the UK on 30th October 1959?

By Hayley Beasley Dye

Cliff is back! And he was number one for 5 weeks with Travellin’ Light.

Travellin’ Light is a gentle, dreamy tune that subtly showcases that famous rockabilly sound of the Shadows.  The pace of the song doesn’t really change throughout the song and that adds to the dream-like quality of the song. It’s a nice, stripped-down tune, but am surprised it was number one for so long. It was probably my mum’s fault.

Wikipedia

“Travellin’ Light” is a UK No. 1 single recorded by Cliff Richard and The Shadows and released in 1959. It was the follow-up single to Richard’s first No. 1, “Living Doll” and remained at No. 1 for five weeks (one less than “Living Doll”). “Travellin’ Light” was also a Number 1 hit in Ireland and Norway, selling 1.59m copies worldwide. It was Richard’s last single of the 1950s and his first release after the Shadows had changed their name from the Drifters (so as to not conflict with the American band of the same name).

Lyrics

“Got no bags and baggage to slow me down
I’m traveling so fast my feet ain’t touching the ground
Traveling’ light, traveling’ light
Well I just can’t wait to be with my baby tonight
No comb and no toothbrush
I’ve got nothing to haul
I’m carryin’ only
A pocket full of dreams
A hand full of love
And they weigh nothing at all
Soon I’m going to see that love look in her eyes
I’m a hoot and a holler away from paradise
Traveling’ light, traveling’ light
I just can’t wait to be with my baby tonight
No comb and no toothbrush
I’ve got nothing to haul
I’m carryin’ only
A pocket full of dreams
A hand full of love
And they weigh nothing at all
Soon I’m going to see that love look in her eyes
I’m a hoot and a holler away from paradise
Traveling’ light
Well I just can’t wait to be with my baby tonight”

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