Dancin' (on a Saturday Night)

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"Dancin' (on a Saturday Night)"
Dancin' (on a Saturday Night) - Barry Blue.jpg
Single by Barry Blue
from the album Barry Blue
B-side"New Day"
GenreGlam rock
LabelBell Records
Songwriter(s)Lynsey de Paul and Barry Blue

"Dancin' (on a Saturday Night)" is a song written by Lynsey de Paul and Barry Blue, that was recorded by Blue and released as a single in 1973 on Bell Records.

One year later the drummer, John Richardson, joined the Rubettes.

Barry Blue's song reached the number 2 on the UK Singles Chart,[1] (and number 1 on the Melody Maker top 30),[2] number 2 on the Australian Kent Music chart,[3] number 3 on the Austrian singles chart,[4] number 4 on the Irish Singles Chart, number 9 on the German singles chart,[5] and number 11 on the Dutch singles chart.[6]

The song ranked the 18th best selling single in Australia in 1973,[7] and 23rd best selling single in the UK in 1973.[8]

Barry Blue's version of the song has also appeared on the soundtrack to the films Anita and Me, and American Swing. A remixed version of the original Barry Blue song was released in 1989, reaching number 86 on the UK Singles Chart.[1] It also is featured in the film The Long Good Friday.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1973) Peak
Austria 3
Australia 2
Belgium 13
Denmark 5
Germany 9
Ireland 4
Netherlands 11
Rhodesia 10
Singapore 6
Spain 19
UK 2

Cover versions[edit]

Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids released their version of the song as a single in 1974 and it became a U.S. hit, reaching number 79 on the Cashbox singles charts and number 93 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also charted in Sweden and reached number 7 on the Swedish charts.[9]

In Canada, a version recorded by the Canadian band Bond in 1975 reached number 12 on the CHUM Chart,[10] and was included in the RPM Canadian Top 20 Albums Chart that year.[11]

The Danish band, Clear Sound, also recorded a version with Danish text by Finn Reiner which charted at number 17 in the Danish Hitlister.[12] It was also covered by co-writer Lynsey de Paul on her 1974 album, Taste Me... Don't Waste Me.


  1. ^ a b "dancing+on+a+saturday+night | full Official Chart History". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  2. ^ 15 September 1973, Melody Maker Top 30
  3. ^ "Australian Chart Book". Austchartbook.com.au. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  4. ^ "BARRY BLUE - DANCIN' (ON A SATURDAY NIGHT)". Austriancharts.at. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts". Offiziellecharts.de. 1973-04-13. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "Barry Blue - Dancin' (On A Saturday Night)". Dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  7. ^ "Australian Singles Chart for 1973". Australian Music History. 2008-03-18. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  8. ^ "Top Selling Singles for 1973". Sounds. London, England: Spotlight Publications: 4. 5 January 1974
  9. ^ "Darin, Bobby - Gärdestad, Ted". Tio-i-topp.000webhostapp.com. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  10. ^ Hall, Ron (1984). The Chum Chart Book. Rexdale (Toronto): Stardust Productions. ISBN 0920325157
  11. ^ "Top Singles". RPM - Volume 23, No. 1, Mar 01, 1975
  12. ^ "Danse Hele Natten Lang". Danskehitlister.dk. Retrieved 2016-10-25.

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