EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘Tell Laura I Love Her’ – Ricky Valance

What was the number one song in the UK on 29th September 1960?

By Hayley Beasley Dye

Welsh singer, Ricky Valance was number one for 3 weeks with Tell Laura I Love Her.

Ricky has one of those voices that hasn’t dated well. It sounds a tad cheesy. A tad Phoenix Nights. However, it’s a nice, sweet tune. The story of the song is devastating. It tells of a young man involved in a stock car accident and with his last dying breath he professes his love for Laura. Poor Laura.


“Tell Laura I Love Her”, a teenage tragedy song written by Jeff Barry and Ben Raleigh, was an American Top Ten popular music hit for singer Ray Peterson in 1960 on RCA Victor Records, reaching #7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. Later that same year, the song was recorded and released by Ricky Valance in the United Kingdom, where it went all the way to the #1 spot in the UK Singles Chart. “Tell Laura I Love Her” has been a hit in 14 countries, and has sold over seven million copies.


“Laura and Tommy were lovers
He wanted to give her everything
Flowers, presents and most of all a wedding ring
He saw a sign for a stock car race
A thousand dollar prize it read
He couldn’t get Laura on the phone
So to her mother Tommy said
Tell Laura I love her, tell Laura I need her
Tell Laura I may be late
I’ve something to do that cannot wait
He drove his car to the racing ground
He was the youngest driver there
The crowed roared as they started the race
Round the track they drove at a deadly pace
No one knows what happened that day
How his car overturned in flames
But as they pulled him from the twisted wreck
With his dying breath, they heard him say
Tell Laura I love her, tell Laura I need her
Tell Laura not to cry
My love for her will never die
Now in the chapel where Laura prays
For her Tommy who passed away
It was just for Laura he lived and died
Alone in the chapel she can hear him cry
Tell Laura I love her, tell Laura I need her
Tell Laura not to cry
My love for her will never die
Tell Laura I love her
Tell Laura I need her”

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