Are You Sure?

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"Are You Sure?"
Single by The Allisons
B-side "There's One Thing More"
Released February 1961
Genre Pop
Length 2:05
Label London Records 1977
Writer(s) John Allison, Bob Allison
The Allisons singles chronology
"Are You Sure?"
(1961)
"Words"
(1961)
United Kingdom "Are You Sure?"
Eurovision Song Contest 1961 entry
Country United Kingdom
Artist(s) The Allisons
Language English
Composer(s) John Allison, Bob Allison
Lyricist(s) John Allison, Bob Allison
Conductor Harry Robinson
Finals performance
Final result 2nd
Final points 24
Appearance chronology
◄ "Looking High, High, High" (1960)   
"Ring-A-Ding Girl" (1962) ►

"Are You Sure?" is a song by British pop duo The Allisons, that represented the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 1961, performed in English.

The song was performed 15th on the night of the contest, held on 18 March 1961, following Luxembourg's Jean-Claude Pascal with "Nous les amoureux", and preceding Italy's Betty Curtis with "Al di là". The song received 24 points, placing 2nd in a field of 16, the third consecutive second place Eurovision finish for the UK for whom two subsequent Eurovision entrants would also be second place finishers before "Puppet on a String" by Sandie Shaw would give the UK its first Eurovision victory at Eurovision 1967. "Are You Sure?" was also the first UK Eurovision entrant to become a Top Ten hit reaching #2 UK, the best chart showing for a UK Eurovision entrant until "Puppet on a String" by Sandie Shaw reached #1 in 1967.

The song was succeeded as the UK representative at the 1962 Contest by Ronnie Carroll with "Ring-A-Ding Girl".

The lyrics are memorable for a possibly unique example of the bizarre grammatical error "Comes tomorrow, you won't want me".

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1961) Peak
position
United Kingdom (Record Retailer) 2[1]
United Kingdom (NME) 1[2]
United Kingdom (Record Mirror) 1[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Artist Chart History Details: Allisons". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 8 August 2010. 
  2. ^ Rees, Dafydd; Lazell, Barry; Osborne, Roger (1995). Forty Years of "NME" Charts (2nd ed.). Pan Macmillan. p. 99. ISBN 0-7522-0829-2. 
  3. ^ Smith, Alan. "Every No.1 in the 1960s is listed from all the nine different magazine charts!". Dave McAleer's website. Archived from the original on 12 October 2010. Retrieved 4 November 2010. 
Preceded by
Looking High, High, High
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
1961
Succeeded by
Ring-A-Ding Girl