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Hooked on Classics
Hooked on Classics.jpg
Studio album by
Released1981
RecordedOlympic Sound Studios and Abbey Road Studios, London
GenreClassical disco
Length47:39
LabelK-tel

RCA Records
AFL1-4194
4194-R
07863-54194
ProducerJeff Jarratt & Don Reedman
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra chronology
Hooked on Classics
(1981)
Hooked on Classics 2: Can't Stop the Classics
(1982)
German/Austrian album cover
Classic Disco album cover.jpg

Hooked on Classics, produced by Jeff Jarratt and Don Reedman, is a multi-million selling album recorded by Louis Clark and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, published in 1981 by K-tel and distributed by RCA Records, part of the Hooked on Classics series.

The opening track was called "Hooked On Classics (Parts 1 & 2)". A unique arrangement of this track, simply called "Hooked on Classics", was released as a single in October 1981, and was the version predominately played by radio. With a listed time of 3'48", it contained the first five pieces of the album cut, skipping the next five (Beethoven's "Symphony No. 5, 1st Movement" through Rossini's "William Tell Overture"), followed by the remaining pieces. Though not listed as such on the single's label or in the Performance Rights Organization's database, it is implied this portion is "Part 1". The B-side of the single, also called "Hooked On Classics" and lasting 2'13", begins with the fifth piece from "Part 1" (Sibelius' "Karelia Suite, Intermezzo"), contains the missing five pieces found on the album cut, and concludes with the remaining pieces through "March of the Toreadors" which fades out, as opposed to the album cut and "Part 1"'s cold ending of the "1812 Overture". Presumably this is "Part 2". The label of the single incorrectly omits the "1812 Overture" from the list of pieces in the "Part 1" medley.[1]

The single peaked at number 2 in the UK and later in the US at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1982.[2] It was the 56th biggest hit of that year.[3] The song also reached number 10 on the Cash Box Top 100.

In Canada, the single peaked at number 21, and spent four weeks at that position.[4] "Hooked on Classics" also reached number one on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart.[5]

In Germany and Austria, the album was released titled "Classic Disco" and reached number one in both countries.[6]

Chart performance "Hooked On Classics (Part 1)"[edit]

Grammy nominations[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1981 Hooked on Classics (Single) Best Pop Instrumental Performance[21] Nominated
1982 Hooked on Classics (Album) Best Pop Instrumental Performance[21] Nominated

Track listing[edit]

  1. Hooked On Classics (Parts 1 & 2) - 5:06
  2. Hooked on Romance - 6:42
  3. Hooked On Classics (Part 3) - 6:02
  4. Hooked On Bach - 5:59 (All music composed by Johann Sebastian Bach)
  5. Hooked On Tchaikovsky - 5:29 (All music composed by Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky)
  6. Hooked On A Song - 5:11
  7. Hooked On Mozart - 4:09 (All music composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
  8. Hooked On Mendelssohn 4:25
  9. Hooked On A Can-Can - 4:56

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Hooked On Classics, Vinyl 7" single USA release". Discogs.com. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Music: Top 100 Songs | Billboard Hot 100 Chart". Billboard.com. 6 February 1982. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  3. ^ "1982". Longboredsurfer.com. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada" (PDF). Bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Österreichische Hitparade". Austriancharts.cat (in German). Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). Sydney: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  8. ^ "RPM Contemporary Adult Chart" (PDF). Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 12 December 1981. Retrieved 21 March 2022.
  9. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts". Offiziellecharts.de (in German). Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  10. ^ "IRMA Irish Charts". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  11. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Nztop40.co.nz. 6 December 1981. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  12. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Rock.co.za. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  13. ^ [Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-2002]
  14. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 208.
  15. ^ "Australian Chart Books". Australianchartbooks.com.au. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2022.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 August 2016. Retrieved 18 December 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ Scaping, Peter, ed. (1982). "The Top 200 Singles: January–December 1981". BPI Year Book 1982 (5th ed.). London, England: The British Phonographic Industry Ltd. pp. 46–49. ISBN 0-906154-03-0.
  18. ^ Jones, Alan; Lazell, Barry; Rees, Dafydd (1982). "The Top 200 Singles (UK)". Chart File 1982. London, England: Virgin Books. pp. 74–77. ISBN 0-907080-49-9.
  19. ^ "Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 26, 1981". Archived from the original on 22 October 2016. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  20. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1981/Top 100 Songs of 1981". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  21. ^ a b GRAMMY Award Results for Louis Clark, Grammy.com

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