Cinderella Rockefella

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"Cinderella Rockefella"
Single by Esther and Abi Ofarim
Released 28 February 1968 (United Kingdom)
Recorded 1967[1]
Genre Novelty
Length 2:29
Label Philips Records BF 1640 (UK)[1]
Writer(s) Mason Williams, Nancy Ames[1]
Producer(s) Abi Ofarim, Chaim Semel[1]

"Cinderella Rockefella" was a novelty single written by Mason Williams and Nancy Ames, and most famously released by the Israeli duo group Esther and Abi Ofarim, a then married couple, in 1968. The song was recorded in 1967, and it took an appearance on The Eamonn Andrews Show to bring the song to the attention of the British public.[1] The track peaked at No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1968, where it remained for three weeks.[2]

The song features yodelling and a somewhat 1920s style lyrics and music. Perhaps surprisingly, the structure of the song is a twelve-bar blues.

According to Radio Caroline DJ Andy Archer, the song was the last to be played on Radio Caroline South on the night of 2-3 March 1968, before its radio ship (like that of its sister station Radio Caroline North) was towed into harbour over unpaid debts on the morning of 3 March.[citation needed]

Cover versions[edit]

  • The Spanish pop vocal group, Los Quando's, released a Spanish version titled "Mi Cenicienta" in an EP single from 1968, with lyrics from Julio Guiu Sr.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 114. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 216–7. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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Preceded by
"Mighty Quinn" by Manfred Mann
UK number one single
28 February 1968
(3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"The Legend of Xanadu" by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich