D.I.V.O.R.C.E.

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"D.I.V.O.R.C.E."
Single by Billy Connolly
B-side "Cuckoo"[1]
Released 1975[1]
Format 7"
Genre Novelty
Label Polydor Records[1]
Writer(s) Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman[1]
Producer(s) Phil Coulter[1]

"D.I.V.O.R.C.E." is a 1975 UK number-one single by Scottish folk singer and comedian Billy Connolly.[2] A comedy song, it reached No. 1 for one week in November 1975,[3] and was one of the few songs of its genre to reach this milestone.

The song is a parody of the Tammy Wynette song "D-I-V-O-R-C-E",[4] and Connolly's version to date has been his only No. 1 UK single,[3] though in the late 1970s he had a further two UK hits which parodied contemporary songs. He later dropped musical performances from his act.

"D.I.V.O.R.C.E." has a similar theme to Wynette's original in that the events in the song lead to a couple divorcing, however in Connolly's song the words are spelled out for the benefit of a dog rather than for a child as in Wynette's version, and the divorce is sparked by a riotous visit to a veterinarian[5] that results in the husband being bitten by both the dog and his wife.

Some versions of the song, such as the live performance included on the album Get Right Intae Him!, are censored, with the words "f**ing c" being bleeped.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Billy Connolly - D.I.V.O.R.C.E. (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 320. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ a b "UK charts archive". chartstats.com. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  4. ^ "Rock and roll years: the 1970s". The Scotsman. 2003-10-16. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  5. ^ Brian Beacom (2009-09-21). "The story of Billy Connolly in 11 and a half chapters". The Herald. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
Preceded by
"Space Oddity" by David Bowie
UK number-one single
November 22, 1975
Succeeded by
"Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen