Oh Julie

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"Oh Julie"
Shakin Stevens Oh Julie single cover.jpg
Single by Shakin' Stevens
from the album Give Me Your Heart Tonight
B-side "I'm Knockin'"
Released 27 January 1982
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded 1981
Genre Rock and roll[1]
Length 2:32
Label Epic[1]
Songwriter(s) Shakin' Stevens[1]
Producer(s) Stuart Colman[1]
Shakin' Stevens singles chronology
"It's Raining"
"Oh Julie"
"It's Raining"
"Oh Julie"

"Oh Julie" was a number one hit in the UK Singles Chart for one week for Shakin' Stevens in January 1982.[2]

It is Stevens' third number-one single and his first as a writer. The B-side, "I'm Knockin'", was also written by Shakin' Stevens and both tracks benefit from arrangements driven by lead guitarist Mickey Gee. "Oh Julie" also has a cajun flavour courtesy of the accordion backing provided by piano player Geraint Watkins.

Cover versions[edit]

Language versions
  • Swedish dance band Lasse Stefanz released a version in Swedish in 1982 that charted on the Sverigetopplistan, the official Swedish Singles Chart reaching number 16.[4]
  • C. Jérôme released a French adaptation in 1982, named "Julie à la folie".[5]
  • Benny released a German adaptation in 1982.[6]

Chart performance[edit]

Shakin' Stevens single
Chart (1981–1983) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[7] 3
Irish Singles Chart 1
Netherlands Dutch Top 40 6
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 5
Swedish Singles Chart[8] 1
UK Singles Chart[2] 1
Lasse Stefanz version
Chart (1982) Peak
Swedish Singles Chart 16

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 221. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  2. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 405. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 394. 
  4. ^ Steffen Hung (1982-04-20). "Lasse Stefanz - Oh Julie". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  5. ^ Steffen Hung (2012-07-25). "C. Jérôme - Julie à la folie". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  6. ^ Steffen Hung (2011-11-15). "Benny - Oh Julie". germancharts.com. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). Sydney: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  8. ^ Steffen Hung. "Shakin' Stevens - Oh Julie". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
Preceded by
"The Land of Make Believe" by Bucks Fizz
UK number one single
30 January 1982 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Computer Love" / "The Model" by Kraftwerk