Lally Stott

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Lally Stott circa 1962

Harold "Lally" Stott (born January 1945, Prescot, Lancashire died 6 June 1977, Liverpool, Lancashire) was a British songwriter from Prescot, Lancashire, who scored a hit with his song "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep". He wrote the song, which became a number 1 hit for the Scottish band Middle of the Road in the UK in 1971,[1] and number 20 in the US for Mac and Katie Kissoon the same year.[2] Stott's own version was a hit in Italy, went to number 1 in Australia for one week, and charted at number 92 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.[3] The song has been covered in many languages, including Vietnamese, Korean, Estonian, Spanish and German.

He released other minor hits, "Jacaranda" and "Love Is Free, Love Is Blind, Love Is Good". Stott also wrote "My Summer Song", which was recorded by Engelbert Humperdinck, Semolita and Jerry Reed. Stott co-wrote "Bottoms up", "Samson and Delilah", "Sacramento", "Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum" and other songs for Middle of the Road, all reaching the top 10 in several European countries between 1971 and 1973.

Stott was killed in an accident in 1977, whilst riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle close to his home town of Prescot.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 363. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "Mac & Katie Kissoon - Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 22 October 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Billboard Hot 100. Billboard.com. Accessed 6 April 2008.[dead link]
  4. ^ "Lally Stott Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-01-03. 
  5. ^ Doc Rock. "The 1970s". The Dead Rock Stars Club. Retrieved 2013-01-03.