Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep
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|"Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep"|
|Single by Lally Stott|
|from the album Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep|
|"Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep"|
|Single by Middle of the Road|
|B-side||Rainin' and Painin'|
|Middle of the Road singles chronology|
"Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" is a song recorded in early 1971 by its composer Lally Stott, and made popular later that year by Scottish band Middle of the Road for whom it was a UK number one chart hit. That version is one of the fewer than forty all-time singles to have sold in excess of 10 million physical copies worldwide. Despite its popularity when originally released, the song is rarely played on oldies radio stations today.
|United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)||1|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||1|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||2|
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||2|
|Germany (Media Control AG)||2|
|Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)||1|
The original recording, by its composer Stott, was a hit in France (Top 15), a minor hit in Italy, Australia and the US. Stott's record company Philips was reluctant to release it overseas so he offered it to Scottish folk-pop group Middle of the Road who were working in Italy at the time. The song became a large hit on the continent initially but became a hit in the UK as returning holidaymakers searched out a copy. It nearly flopped in the UK as Mac and Katie Kissoon released a version just before them, but aided by the patronage of DJ Tony Blackburn it became a massive hit. It reached #1 in the UK for five weeks in June 1971, whilst the Kissoon version failed to chart in the UK but reached #20 in the US on the Billboard Hot 100.
Dismissed by critics as bubblegum at the time, this was also a view initially held by band leader Ken Andrews: "We were as disgusted with the thought of recording it as most people were at the thought of buying it. But at the end of the day, we liked it."
The song appears as a cover on a 1973 live record by the Little Angels Children’s Folk Ballet of Korea.
It was featured in the Neil Jordan film, Breakfast on Pluto.
The song has been covered in many languages, including Catalan, Vietnamese, Khmer, Korean, Spanish and German. A dance song in German to the same tune, "Reiss die Hütte ab" (Tear The Hut Down), was recorded by Mickie Krause (Apres Ski Hits 2003).
The song was featured on the Top of the Pops, Volume 18 album.
"Knock Three Times" by Dawn
|UK number one single
(Middle of the Road version)
19 June 1971, for five weeks
"Get It On" by T Rex
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