Shaddap You Face
|"Shaddap You Face"|
|Single by Joe Dolce Music Theatre|
|B-side||"Ain't in No Hurry"|
|Label||Full Moon Records|
|Joe Dolce Music Theatre singles chronology|
"Shaddap You Face" is an Australian song written and performed by Joe Dolce (known at that time as the Joe Dolce Music Theatre) in 1980. It has set a number of sales and longevity records.
Sales and chart positions
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"Shaddap You Face" was also Number 1 in 11 other countries. There have been over 50 different foreign language cover versions, and hundreds more published informally on YouTube with new versions being recorded and uploaded every year. The original release sold over 6 million copies and has remained the most successful Australian-produced single in Australian music history for 33 years straight, with sales of over 450,000+ copies. It was Australia's first triple platinum recording by the old count of 100,000 units equaling platinum status, which has since changed to 75,000 units, then 50,000, and finally 70,000 units. In 2002, "Shaddap You Face" also overtook country legend Slim Dusty's 22-year longevity record for 'A Pub with No Beer,' which went to Number 1 in 1957, and was Australia's first gold record and only gold 78rpm record.
The National Folk Festival in Canberra featured 'The Inspired Shaddap You Face Contest' in April 2006. Festival artists were invited to perform their interpretations of the classic song. The Cygnet Folk Festival in Tasmania featured the second 'Inspired Shaddap You Face Contest' in the following year. Joe Dolce was invited to be the MC at both events.
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|Australian Kent Music Report number-one single
24 November 1980 – 12 January 1981
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|UK number one single
21 February 1981 – 7 March 1981
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