Cinderella Rockefella

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"Cinderella Rockefella"
Single by Esther and Abi Ofarim
Released 28 February 1968 (United Kingdom)
Recorded 1967[1]
Genre Novelty
Length 2:29
Label Philips Records BF 1640 (UK)[1]
Writer(s) Mason Williams, Nancy Ames[1]
Producer(s) Abi Ofarim, Chaim Semel[1]

"Cinderella Rockefella" is a novelty song written by Mason Williams and Nancy Ames, and most famously released as a single by the Israeli duo Esther and Abi Ofarim, at the time a married couple, in 1968. They recorded their version in 1967 and made an appearance on The Eamonn Andrews Show to promote it.[1] An April 1967 performence on the CBS television variety program The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, introduced a U.S. audience to the song. Co-Composer Williams was a writer for the series. The track peaked at No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1968, where it remained for three weeks.[2]

The single features yodelling and a somewhat 1920s-style arrangement. The song is structured like a twelve-bar blues.

According to Radio Caroline DJ Andy Archer, the song was the last to be played on Radio Caroline South on the night of 2-3 March 1968, before its radio ship (like that of its sister station Radio Caroline North) was towed into harbour over unpaid debts on the morning of 3 March.[citation needed]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 114. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 216–7. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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Preceded by
"Mighty Quinn" by Manfred Mann
UK number one single
28 February 1968
(3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"The Legend of Xanadu" by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich