EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘Poetry in Motion’ – Johnny Tillotson

What was the number one song in the UK on 12th January 1961?

By Hayley Beasley Dye

American singer Johnny Tillotson was number one for 2 weeks with Poetry in Motion.

Poetry in Motion is a fun and simple tune that starts off slow, but soon kicks into a steady pop beat very typical of the time. I surprise myself in quite liking this song. It gets your feet tapping and humming along. The song flows along nicely and I can see why it was very popular at the time.

Wikipedia

The song was written by Paul Kaufman (1930–1999) and Mike Anthony (born 1930), who said that the inspiration for it came from looking up from their work and seeing a procession of young ladies from a nearby school pass by on the sidewalk outside each afternoon. Bill Porter supervised the recording session in Nashville, Tennessee, which featured saxophonist Boots Randolph and pianist Floyd Cramer.

In the US Billboard Hot 100, “Poetry in Motion” peaked at number 2 in November 1960, kept out of the number 1 by Georgia on My Mind by Ray Charles. In the UK Singles Chart it hit No. 1 in January 1961, and also made the charts on reissue in 1979.

Lyrics

“Poetry in motion, walkin’ by my side
Her lovely locomotion keeps my eyes open wide
Poetry in motion, see her gentle sway
A wave out on the ocean could never move that way
I love every movement
There’s nothing I would change
She doesn’t need improvement
She’s much too nice to rearrange
Poetry in motion, dancing close to me
A flower of devotion a-swaying gracefully
Oh, a-whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
A-whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
A-whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
Whoa
Poetry in motion, see her gentle sway
A wave out on the ocean could never move that way
I love every movement
There’s nothing I would change
She doesn’t need improvement
She’s much too nice to rearrange
Poetry in motion, all that I adore
No number nine love potion could make me love her more
Oh, a-whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
A-whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
A-whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
A-whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa”

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