Mississippi (song)

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Black and white photograph of the members of Pussycat band with blue border on top and below
Cover from Mississippi Single from Pussycat (1975)
Single by Pussycat
from the album First of All
B-side "Do It"
Released April 1975 (1975-04)
Format 7" single
Recorded 1975 at EMI-Bovema Studios, Heemstede, Netherlands
Genre schlager
Length 4:33
Label EMI (Europe)
Sonet (UK)
Private Stock (US)
Songwriter(s) Werner Theunissen
Producer(s) Eddy Hilberts
Pussycat singles chronology

"Mississippi" is a song by Dutch country pop band Pussycat. Written by Werner Theunissen and produced by Eddy Hilberts, "Mississippi" was the group's only number-one single.


Werner Theunissen wrote "Mississippi" in 1969 being inspired by the Bee Gees song "Massachusetts". The song grabbed EMI Bovema's attention, and they decided to sign the band. By December 1975, the song became a massive hit seller at the number one position in the Dutch charts,[1] followed by its international success in 1976 pushing the song into the charts across Europe and the United Kingdom as far as Africa and Australia, where it reached number one in August 1976. It replaced ABBA's "Dancing Queen" at number one, where it remained for four weeks on the UK Singles Chart in October 1976.[2] In South America, it charted for 129 weeks. It is estimated to have sold five million copies worldwide.[3]

The song was promoted by John Saunders Hughes in the UK through a Liverpool radio station. The lyrics are about the history of music, how rock music became more popular than country music.

Another version of this song was recorded by Barbara Fairchild. There is also a version in Spanish called "Te Necesito" by the Colombian singer Fernando Calle. Another notable cover version was recorded by Swedish dansband Vikingarna, that released the song in Swedish, with lyrics by Margot Borgström in April 1976, less than six months after the original release. The Swedish song title was also "Mississippi", and it appeared on the band's album Kramgoa Låtar 3 the same year.[4]

There was also a Czech version of this song performed by singer and actress Petra Černocká.

Charts and certifications[edit]


  1. ^ Dutch Charts. "Werner Theunissen". 
  2. ^ Roberts, David, ed. (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London, England: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 332. ISBN 978-1-90499-410-7. 
  3. ^ Kutner, Jon; Leigh, Spencer (2005). 100 UK Number One Hits. London, England: Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0-85712-360-2. 
  4. ^ "Svensk mediedatabas". Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, New South Wales, Australia: Australian Chart Book. p. 242. ISBN 978-0-64611-917-5. 
  6. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Pussycat – Mississippi" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Pussycat – Mississippi" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  8. ^ "Musicline.de – Pussycat Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  9. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Mississippi". Irish Singles Chart.
  10. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Pussycat" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  11. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Pussycat – Mississippi". Top 40 Singles.
  12. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Pussycat – Mississippi". VG-lista.
  13. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Pussycat – Mississippi". Singles Top 100.
  14. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Pussycat – Mississippi". Swiss Singles Chart.
  15. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  16. ^ Kent (1993). "1976 Top 25 Singles". p. 428.
  17. ^ Scapolo, Dean (1997). New Zealand Music Charts 1966 to 1996 – Singles. IPL Publications Services. p. 356. ISBN 978-0-90887-600-6. 
  18. ^ Swiss Year-End Charts, 1976
  19. ^ "Top 50 Singles of 1976". Music Week. London, England: Spotlight Publications: 25. 25 December 1976. 
  20. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Pussycat; 'Mississippi')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  21. ^ "British single certifications – Pussycat – Mississippi". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Mississippi in the search field and then press Enter.
Preceded by
"Dancing Queen" by ABBA
UK number one single
12 October 1976 for four weeks
Succeeded by
"If You Leave Me Now" by Chicago