Robson & Jerome (album)

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Robson & Jerome
Robson & Jerome.jpg
Studio album by Robson & Jerome
Released 19 November 1995 (1995-11-19)
Recorded 1995
Genre Pop
Label RCA
Producer Simon Cowell
Robson & Jerome chronology
Robson & Jerome
(1995)
Take Two
(1996)

Robson & Jerome is the debut studio album by British singing duo Robson & Jerome. It was released in the UK in 1995 by RCA Records, and reached number one on the UK Albums Chart. It was the Christmas number one album of 1995, and was the biggest-selling album of the year, with sales of 2,040,000. For almost 20 years, it held the record for selling 2 million copies in the UK in the fastest time, doing so in 42 days; in 2015, Adele surpassed the record when her album 25 took just 29 days to reach the landmark.[1]

In 2006, Q magazine included Robson & Jerome in their list of the 50 worst albums of all time.[2]

Background[edit]

In November 1994, in an episode of the British television drama series Soldier Soldier, Robson Green and Jerome Flynn performed "Unchained Melody" as an impromptu duo called "The Unrighteous Brothers", after the entertainment failed to appear at wedding.[3][4] Their performance triggered a big response from the audience and ITV was inundated by people looking to buy the song. Simon Cowell was alerted to the interest shown by the public, and pursued the two reluctant actors (and later Robson's mother) for the next four months to record the song, to the extent that Robson Green threatened legal action to stop Cowell harassing them.[5] The actors were eventually persuaded to sign a recording contract with Cowell and record a Righteous Brothers-type version of the song as a duo. Cowell enlisted music producers Mike Stock and Matt Aitken, with whom he had worked many times before, to produce the single.

Success[edit]

Their cover of "Unchained Melody" was released as a double A-side single with White Cliffs of Dover. It immediately reached No. 1 and stayed there for seven weeks, and became the best-selling song of 1995. It was also the best-selling song of the 1990s, until it was over-taken by "Candle in the Wind 1997", Elton John's tribute to Princess Diana. It remains one of the country's best-selling singles.[6] Their two follow-up singles, "I Believe" released later in the year, and "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" released in 1996, also reached No. 1 on their release, and they became the first act in UK chart history to have their first three singles going straight in at number one.[7] Their third single "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted"/"Saturday Night at the Movies"/"You'll Never Walk Alone" is also the only single released as a Triple A-side to go to number one.

Robson & Jerome was released in November 1995 and became the best-selling album of the year, ahead of Oasis' (What's the Story) Morning Glory?.[8]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Unchained Melody" (Alex North, Hy Zaret)
  2. "Daydream Believer" (John Stewart)
  3. "I Believe" (Ervin Drake, Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl, Al Stillman)
  4. "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" (Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio)
  5. "Up on the Roof" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King)
  6. "I'll Come Running Back to You" (Sam Cooke)
  7. "(There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover" (Walter Kent, Nat Burton)
  8. "Amazing Grace" (John Newton, William Walker)
  9. "If I Can Dream" (Walter Earl Brown)
  10. "This Boy" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
  11. "Love You Forever" (P. Berrington)
  12. "Little Latin Lupe Lu" (Bill Medley)
  13. "Danny Boy" (Frederic Weatherly, Traditional)

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Copsey, Rob (18 December 2015). "Adele’s 25 becomes the fastest 2 million-selling album in UK chart history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Q – The 50 Worst Albums Ever!". Q Magazine (238). May 2006. Retrieved 2013-12-13. 
  3. ^ Jon Kutner (26 May 2010). 1000 UK Number One Hits. Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780857123602. 
  4. ^ "BBC article on Unchained Melody". Retrieved 2006-03-24. 
  5. ^ Chas Newkey-Burden. Simon Cowell: The Unauthorized Biography. Michael O' Mara Books. ISBN 9781843174455. 
  6. ^ Ami Sedghi (November 4, 2012). "UK's million-selling singles: the full list". The Guardian. Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Number One Hits: Facts & Feats". UK Charts. 
  8. ^ Ross McG (June 17, 2015). "What was the biggest selling album in 1995 Britpop Britain? The answer may surprise you". Metro. 
  9. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  10. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  11. ^ a b "Chart Archive - 1990s Albums". everyHit.com. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  12. ^ "British album certifications – Robson & Jerome – Robson & Jerome". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2 September 2015.  Enter Robson & Jerome in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search