Boom Bang-a-Bang

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"Boom Bang-a-Bang"
Single by Lulu
Released1969
Length2:22
LabelEMI Music/Columbia Records
Songwriter(s)Alan Moorhouse and Peter Warne
Eurovision Song Contest 1969 entry
Country
Artist(s)
Language
English
Composer(s)
Alan Moorhouse
Lyricist(s)
Conductor
Finals performance
Final result
1st
Final points
18
Entry chronology
◄ "Congratulations" (1968)
"Knock, Knock Who's There?" (1970) ►
Audio
"Boom Bang-a-Bang": Live at the Eurovision Song Content (1969) on YouTube

"Boom Bang-a-Bang" is a song recorded by Scottish singer Lulu. The song was written by Alan Moorhouse and Peter Warne. It was the British winning entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 1969, held in Madrid. It was the joint winner with three other entries: Salomé singing "Vivo cantando" for Spain, Lenny Kuhr singing "De troubadour" for the Netherlands, and Frida Boccara singing "Un jour, un enfant" for France.

Lyrically, the song is a plea from the singer to her lover to "cuddle me tight". She then goes on to explain that "my heart goes boom bang-a-bang boom bang-a-bang when you are near", complete with appropriate musical accompaniment. The single made No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart and was a major hit throughout Europe.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Over two decades after its first release, the song was included on a blacklist of banned songs issued by the BBC during the 1991 Gulf War.[7]

Boom Bang-A-Bang was also the name of a BBC One 1-hour programme made to celebrate fifty years of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006. Broadcast during that year's Eurovision week, the special was hosted by Sir Terry Wogan and featured archive footage and highlights of past contests, along with a performance of that year's UK entry by Daz Sampson.[8]

The song is the theme tune for the BBC Three sitcom Him & Her (2010).

Charts[edit]

Chart (1969) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[9] 15
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[10] 10
Belgium (Ultratop)[1] 4
Denmark (Hitlisten)[11] 9
Finland (Official Finnish Charts)[4] 10
Ireland (IRMA)[2] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[12] 19
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[13] 19
New Zealand (RIANZ)[14] 5
Norway (VG-lista)[3] 1
Spain (Promusicae)[4] 5
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[5] 3
UK Singles (OCC)[6] 2
West Germany (Musikmarkt)[15] 8

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Belgium charts". BECharts.
  2. ^ a b "Irelandcharts". IECharts. Archived from the original on 2014-04-09. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  3. ^ a b "Norway charts". NORCharts.
  4. ^ a b c "Billboard Magazine, June, 1969". Billboard. 7 June 1969.
  5. ^ a b "Switzerland charts". CHCharts.
  6. ^ a b "Official UK charts". UKCharts.
  7. ^ "BBC Four - More Dangerous Songs: And the Banned Played On - 16 songs banned by the BBC". BBC. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  8. ^ "BBC One - Boom Bang a Bang: 50 Years of Eurovision". BBC.
  9. ^ McGrath, Noel. Australian Encyclopaedia of Rock. Outback Press.
  10. ^ "Austria charts". AUTCharts.
  11. ^ "Billboard Magazine, May 24, 1969". Billboard. 24 May 1969.
  12. ^ "Lulu – Boom Bang-A-Bang". Dutch Top 40.
  13. ^ "The Netherlands charts". NLCharts.
  14. ^ "New Zealand charts". Flavour of New Zealand. Archived from the original on 2021-02-06. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  15. ^ "Germany charts". DECharts.
Preceded by Eurovision Song Contest winners
co-winner with "Un jour, un enfant" by Frida Boccara, "De troubadour" by Lenny Kuhr and "Vivo cantando" by Salomé

1969
Succeeded by
Preceded by United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
1969
Succeeded by