Mississippi (song)

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For other songs with the title Mississippi, see Mississippi (disambiguation).
Black and white photograph of the members of Pussycat band with blue border on top and below
Single by Pussycat
from the album First of All
Released November 29, 1975 (1975-11-29)
Writer(s) Werner Theunissen
Producer(s) Eddy Hilberts
Pussycat singles chronology
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"Mississippi" was a popular single by Dutch group Pussycat which consisted of three sisters Betty, Marianne and Toni Kowalczyk of which Toni (now Toni Willé) was the lead vocalist. They were accompanied by Lou Willé (g), Theo Wetzels (b), John Theunissen (g), Henk Hochstenbach, Hans Lutjens ('til 1973), Theo Coumans (from 1973) and again Hans Lutjens. Written by Werner Theunissen and produced by Eddy Hilberts, the song "Mississippi" was the sole number one single for Pussycat.


Werner Theunissen wrote "Mississippi" in 1969 being inspired by the Bee Gees song 'Massachusetts'. The song grabbed EMI Bovema's attention, and they decided to sign the band. By December 1975, the song became a massive hit seller at the number one position in the Dutch charts,[1] followed by its international success in 1976 pushing the song into the charts across Europe and the United Kingdom as far as Africa and Australia, where it reached number one in August 1976. It spent four weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart in October 1976.[2][3] In South America, it charted for 129 weeks. Seven million copies were estimated to have been sold worldwide.

The song was promoted by John Saunders Hughes in the UK through a Liverpool radio station. The lyrics are about the history of music, how rock music became more popular than country music.

Another version of this song was recorded by Barbara Fairchild. There is also a version in Spanish called "Te necesito" by the Colombian singer Fernando Calle. Another notable cover version was recorded by Swedish dansband Vikingarna, who released the song in Swedish, with lyrics by Margot Borgström in April 1976, less than six months after the original release. The Swedish song title was also "Mississippi", and it appeared on the bands album "Kramgoa Låtar 3" the same year.[4]

There was also a Czech version of this song performed by singer and actress Petra Černocká.

Charts and certifications[edit]


  1. ^ Dutch Charts. "Werner Theunissen". 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 332. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Svensk mediedatabas". Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Billboard Vol. 91, No. 45". Kent Music Report (Billboard): 68. 1979-11-10. Retrieved 2013-04-12. 
  6. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Patrick Hernandez – Born to Be Alive" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 2013-04-12.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Patrick Hernandez – Born to Be Alive" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 2013-04-12.
  8. ^ "RPM Volume 31, No. 23". RPM (Library and Archives Canada). 1979-09-01. Retrieved 2013-04-12. 
  9. ^ "Toutes les Chansons N° 1 des Années 70" (in French). Infodsic.fr. April 12, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-12. 
  10. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Patrick Hernandez – Born to Be Alive". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2013-04-12.
  11. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. 2008. To use, type "Born to Be Alive" in the "Search by Song Title" search bar and click search. Retrieved 2013-04-12. 
  12. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Patrick Hernandez search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 2013-04-12.
  13. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Patrick Hernandez – Born to Be Alive". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 2013-04-12.
  14. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Patrick Hernandez – Born to Be Alive". VG-lista. Retrieved 2013-04-12.
  15. ^ Davidalic (February 12, 2010). "Listas de superventas: 1979". AFE. Listas De Superventas. Retrieved 2013-04-12. 
  16. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Patrick Hernandez – Born to Be Alive". Singles Top 60. Retrieved 2013-04-12.
  17. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Patrick Hernandez – Born to Be Alive". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 2013-04-12.
  18. ^ "Archive Chart: 1979-07-28" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 2013-04-12.
  19. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Pussycat; 'Mississippi')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  20. ^ "British single certifications – Pussycat – Mississippi". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Mississippi in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Go
Preceded by
"Dancing Queen" by ABBA
UK number one single
12 October 1976 for four weeks
Succeeded by
"If You Leave Me Now" by Chicago