Johnny and Mary

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"Johnny and Mary"
Single by Robert Palmer
from the album Clues
Released 1980
Recorded Compass Point Studios
Length 3:59
Label Island
Writer(s) Robert Palmer
Robert Palmer singles chronology
"Can We Still Be Friends"
"Johnny and Mary"
"Looking for Clues"

"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,[3] 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.[4][5] In France, it reached no. 2 while in Spain, it peaked at no. 1 on the Spanish singles chart (AFYVE).[6]

Though the single did not chart in the US Hot 100, it did reach no. 18 on Billboard's Club Play Singles chart.[7]

"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".

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