Johnny and Mary

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"Johnny and Mary"
Robert Palmer - Johnny and Mary.jpg
Single by Robert Palmer
from the album Clues
Released 1980
Format
Studio Compass Point Studios
Genre
Length 3:59
Label Island
Songwriter(s) Robert Palmer
Robert Palmer singles chronology
"Can We Still Be Friends"
(1979)
"Johnny and Mary"
(1980)
"Looking for Clues"
(1980)

"Can We Still Be Friends"
(1979)
"Johnny and Mary"
(1980)
"Looking for Clues"
(1980)

"Johnny and Mary" is a song written and originally performed by Robert Palmer. Palmer's version was recorded in 1980 at Compass Point Studios, New Providence, in the Bahamas. The song was featured on Palmer's album Clues (1980).

"Johnny and Mary" went to no. 44 on the UK Singles Chart,[4] and was a top 40 hit in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and several European countries. In Germany, it peaked at no. 7 on the singles chart and spent a total of 23 weeks in the Top 20.[5][6] In Spain, it peaked at no. 1 on the Spanish singles chart (AFYVE).[7]

Though the single did not chart in the US Hot 100, it did reach no. 18 on Billboard's Club Play Singles chart.[8]

"Johnny and Mary" was used as the signature tune in advertisements promoting Renault cars throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Early adverts used Palmer's original version, while a range of special recordings in different styles were produced during the 1990s, most famously an acoustic interpretation by Martin Taylor, which he released on his album Spirit of Django. Taylor recorded alternate versions for Renault; the last being in 1998 for the launch of the all-new Renault Clio.

AllMusic suggests that "Johnny and Mary" was the inspiration for Rod Stewart's later hit "Young Turks". Both Ellen Foley and Melissa Manchester covered the song within a few years of its release, Placebo revived it again in 2000 and John & Mary & the Valkyries in 2007.

Chart performance[edit]

Todd Terje and Bryan Ferry version[edit]

"Johnny and Mary"
Todd Terje and Bryan Ferry - Johnny and Mary cover art.jpg
Single by Todd Terje featuring Bryan Ferry
from the album It's Album Time and Avonmore
Released 7 April 2014 (2014-04-07)
Format
  • CD
  • digital download
Genre Electronica[3]
Length
  • 6:32 (album version)
  • 5:10 (radio edit)
Label Olsen
Songwriter(s) Robert Palmer
Producer(s) Todd Terje
Todd Terje singles chronology
"Leisure Suit Preben"
(2013) Leisure Suit Preben2013
"Johnny and Mary"
(2014) Johnny and Mary2014
"Alfonso Muskedunder"
(2015) Alfonso Muskedunder2015
Bryan Ferry singles chronology
"Alphaville"
(2011) Alphaville2011
"Johnny and Mary"
(2014) Johnny and Mary2014
"Loop De Li"
(2014) Loop De Li2014

Norwegian DJ Todd Terje covered "Johnny and Mary" for his debut studio album It's Album Time. His version features vocals from English musician Bryan Ferry. Terje's version was released as a single on 7 April 2014 as a digital download[21] and peaked at number 185 on the French Singles Chart.[22] It also appears on Ferry's fourteenth studio album, Avonmore.

Track listing[edit]

CD single[22]
No.TitleLength
1."Johnny and Mary"6:32
2."Johnny and Mary" (Radio edit)5:10
Digital download[21]
No.TitleLength
1."Johnny and Mary" (Radio edit)5:10

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
France (SNEP)[22] 185

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Drever, Andrew (4 April 2014). "Timely debut takes Ferry 'cross the Terje". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Sherburne, Philip (9 April 2014). "The Hitman and the Trickster: Todd Terje's Improbable Disco". Spin. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Todd, Chris (3 April 2014). "Album Review: Todd Terje – It's Album Time". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 7 January 2018. 
  4. ^ a b "Robert Palmer: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  5. ^ "German Top 20 – The Chart of 1980". Ki.informatik.uni-wuerzburg.de. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "German Top 20 – The Chart of 1981". Ki.informatik.uni-wuerzburg.de. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  8. ^ a b "Robert Palmer – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – CHART POSITIONS PRE 1989, part 2". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Robert Palmer – Johnny And Mary" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Robert Palmer – Johnny And Mary" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 0274." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  13. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Robert Palmer – Johnny And Mary". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Robert Palmer - Johnny And Mary" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  15. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Robert Palmer – Johnny And Mary" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  16. ^ "Charts.nz – Robert Palmer – Johnny And Mary". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  17. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1969 – 1989 Acts (P)". Rock.co.za. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  18. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Robert Palmer – Johnny And Mary". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  19. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Robert Palmer – Johnny And Mary". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  20. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 1980" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  21. ^ a b "Johnny and Mary (Radio Edit) [feat. Bryan Ferry]". iTunes Norway. Retrieved 3 January 2016. 
  22. ^ a b c "Lescharts.com – Todd Terje feat. Bryan Ferry – Johnny and Mary" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 3 January 2016.

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