Dreadlock Holiday

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"Dreadlock Holiday"
10cc - Dreadlock Holiday single cover.png
Single by 10cc
from the album Bloody Tourists
ReleasedJuly 1978[1]
Songwriter(s)Eric Stewart
Graham Gouldman[1]
10cc singles chronology
"People in Love"
"Dreadlock Holiday"
"For You and I"

"Dreadlock Holiday" is a reggae song by 10cc. Written by Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman, it was the lead single from the band's 1978 album, Bloody Tourists.[2] Lead vocals were performed by Graham Gouldman (verse and chorus) and Eric Stewart (bridge).

It became the group's third and final number one hit in the UK Singles Chart, and final top 10 hit, spending a single week at the top in September 1978.[3] The single also topped the charts in New Zealand, reached Number 2 in Ireland and Australia, and peaked at number 44 on the US Billboard Hot 100.


The song was based on real events Eric Stewart and Moody Blues vocalist Justin Hayward experienced in Barbados. Stewart changed the location to Jamaica. Graham Gouldman commented: "Some of the experiences that are mentioned are true, and some of them are ... fairly true!"[4]

The beach scene in the official video was filmed on the Dorset coast near Charmouth. Golden Cap is clearly visible for a few seconds in the video.



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  1. ^ a b c d e "10cc - Dreadlock Holiday / Nothing Can Move Me (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-03-28.
  2. ^ Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 191. ISBN 0-85112-250-7.
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 357. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ Graham Gouldman, The Songwriters Circle, BBC2, 1999.
  5. ^ "Snatch (2000) : Soundtracks". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  6. ^ "The Social Network (2010): Soundtracks". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  7. ^ "New broadcast techniques for England cricket". ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 4 November 2015.

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