Johnny and Mary

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"Johnny and Mary"
Single by Robert Palmer
from the album Clues
Released 1980
Format Vinyl 7" and 12"
Recorded Compass Point Studios
Genre Synthpop, new wave[1]
Length 3:59
Label Island
Writer(s) Robert Palmer
Robert Palmer singles chronology
"Can We Still Be Friends"
(1979)
"Johnny and Mary"
(1980)
"Looking for Clues"
(1980)

"Johnny and Mary" is a song written by Robert Palmer and was recorded in 1980 at Compass Point Studios, New Providence, in the Bahamas. The song was featured on Palmer's album Clues (1980). "Johnny and Mary" only went to #44 on the UK Singles Chart,[2] but did reach #18 on Billboard's Club Play Singles chart.[3] In Germany, it peaked at #7 on the singles chart and spent a total of 23 weeks in the Top 20. In Spain, it peaked at #1 on the Spanish singles chart (PROMUSICAE).[4][5]

"Johnny and Mary" was used as the signature tune in advertisements promoting Renault cars throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Early adverts used Palmer's original version, while a range of special recordings in different styles were produced during the 1990s; most famously Martin Taylor's acoustic interpretation which he released on his album Spirit of Django. Taylor recorded alternate versions for Renault; the last being in 1998 for the launch of the all-new Renault Clio.

Allmusic suggests that "Johnny and Mary" was the inspiration for Rod Stewart's later hit "Young Turks".

Chart (1980-1981) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[6] 20
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[7] 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[8] 10
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[9] 8
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[10] 6
Canada (RPM 50 Singles)[11] 32
France (SNEP)[12] 2
Germany (Media Control Charts)[13] 7
Italy (FIMI)[14] 5
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[15] 21
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[16] 27
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[17] 12
South Africa (Springbok Radio)[18] 5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[19] 11
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[20] 5
UK (Official Charts Company)[21] 44
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[3] 18

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Donald A. Guarisco. "Clues - Robert Palmer | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  2. ^ Karen O'Brien, ed. (1999). Guinness British Hit Singles (12th ed.). London: Guinness Publishing Ltd. p. 317. ISBN 0-85112-092-X. 
  3. ^ a b "Robert Palmer awards at Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "German Top 20 - The Chart Of 1980". Ki.informatik.uni-wuerzburg.de. Markus Tolksdorf. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "German Top 20 - The Chart Of 1981". Ki.informatik.uni-wuerzburg.de. Markus Tolksdorf. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  6. ^ bulion. "Forum - ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts - CHART POSITIONS PRE 1989, part 2". ARIA. Australian-charts.com. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Robert Palmer – Johnny And Mary" Canciones Top 50. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Robert Palmer – Johnny And Mary – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Robert Palmer – Johnny And Mary" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  10. ^ "Johnny And Mary - ROBERT PALMER". VRT (in Dutch). Top30-2.radio2.be. Retrieved 26 July 2013.  Hoogste notering in de top 30 : 6
  11. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 34, No. 6, December 20, 1980". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Titres par Artiste". Dominic DURAND / InfoDisc (in French). InfoDisc.fr. 24 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013.  You have to use the index at the top of the page and search "Robert Palmer"
  13. ^ "Robert Palmer – Johnny And Mary". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  14. ^ "I singoli più venduti del 1981". HitParadeItalia (in Italian). Creative Commons. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
    15. Johnny and Mary - Robert Palmer [#5, 1980/81]
  15. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Robert Palmer - Johnny And Mary search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  16. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Robert Palmer – Johnny And Mary" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  17. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Robert Palmer – Johnny And Mary". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  18. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1969 - 1989 Acts (P)". Rock.co.za. John Samson. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  19. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Robert Palmer – Johnny And Mary". Singles Top 60. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  20. ^ "Robert Palmer – Johnny And Mary – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  21. ^ "Robert Palmer". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  22. ^ http://www.aanitearkisto.fi/firs2/fi/levymerkki.php?Id=Emi+72438670012+%28+cds+%29
  23. ^ "Johnny & Mary by Wir sind Helden on SoundCloud". Soundcloud.com. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 

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