Prince Charming (Adam and the Ants song)
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|Single by Adam and the Ants|
|from the album Prince Charming|
|Genre||New wave, post-punk, rock|
|Writer(s)||Marco Pirroni and the Ants|
|Producer(s)||Chris Hughes, Marco Pirroni and the Ants|
"Prince Charming" was a number-one single in the UK Singles Chart for four weeks in September 1981 for Adam and the Ants, featured on the album of the same name. Written by Marco Pirroni and the Ants, it was their second number-one single. Fellow band member and co-producer Merrick (Chris Hughes), normally on drums, played a stirring riff on an open-tuned acoustic guitar throughout the song; lead guitarist Pirroni mimed to this part on both an orchestral harp and a miniature version of the instrument in the promotional video, which was based on the pantomime Cinderella.
The music video was also notable for its extravagant production. It featured a swashbuckling Adam Ant, in flamboyant Regency clothes, performing a much imitated arm-crossing dance. Diana Dors, in one of her last on-screen performances, appeared in the video as a Fairy Godmother.
On 27 March 2010, Rolf Harris claimed on BBC Radio 5 Live's Danny Baker Show that an out-of-court settlement had been reached, and a large sum of royalties received, after a musicologist found "Prince Charming" to be musically identical to Harris's 1965 song "War Canoe".
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