Belfast (Boney M. song)

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"Belfast"
Boney M. - Belfast (1977 single).jpg
Single by Boney M.
from the album Love for Sale
Released September 19, 1977
Format 7" Single
Recorded March 1977
Genre Pop, Europop, Euro disco
Length 3.30
Label Hansa Records (FRG)
Atlantic Records (UK)
Carrere (FR)
Writer(s) James Robert Bilsbury, Drafi Franz Richard Deutscher, Joe Menke
Producer(s) Frank Farian
Boney M. singles chronology
"Ma Baker"
(1977)
"Belfast"
(1977)
"Rivers of Babylon"
(1978)

"Belfast" is the second single of the Euro disco band Boney M.'s 1977 album Love for Sale. "Belfast" was the first Boney M. single to feature lead vocals by Marcia Barrett and became their 4th consecutive German chart-topper. In the UK Singles Chart it peaked at No. 8.[1] It remained a popular track in the group's live shows over the years and was re-recorded by Marcia Barrett as a solo track on her album Come Into My Life (2005).

Charts[edit]

Chart (1977-1978) Peak
position
Belgium 1
France 1
Germany 1
Ireland 1
Switzerland 1
Austria 2
Netherlands 3
Spain 3
United Kingdom 8
Italy 20

The song[edit]

"Belfast" was written by Drafi Deutscher and originally entitled "Londonderry".[citation needed] The lyrics refer to the divided city during the height of The Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Deutscher had written the song for Marcia Barrett when she was a solo artist in the early 1970s. Due to shortage of their own material when Boney M. performed their first live gigs, Marcia Barrett performed the song which had been a popular live track for her. "Belfast" turned out to be as popular for Boney M. on stage as it had been for Barrett. The sound engineer of the group noticed the response at each gig where the song was performed. He told Frank Farian about it and Farian decided to record the track for the next Boney M. album, Love For Sale.

Farian also recorded a German version of "Belfast" with Gilla. Her version was included on the album Zieh mich aus which was released around four months earlier than Boney M.'s Love For Sale.

In the US and Canada, the song was never released and was replaced by "Daddy Cool" on the album due to the political context of the song.

In a poll conducted in December 2016,[2] "Belfast" was voted as the second-best song about Belfast. This honour was shared with Belfast Child by Simple Minds.

The single[edit]

The single was backed with "Plantation Boy" in all territories - in Germany, Benelux, France, the UK and Turkey, the singles featured the B-side fading 20 seconds earlier than the album version.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 69/70. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "Best Belfast Songs Poll". Twitter. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 

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