Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band

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"Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band"
Meco - Star Wars Title Theme.jpg
Single by Meco
from the album Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk
B-side "Funk"
Released 1977
Format 7" single
Length 3:28
Label
Songwriter(s) John Williams
Producer(s)
Meco singles chronology
"Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band"
(1977)
"Theme from Close Encounters"
(1978)

"Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band"
(1977)
"Theme from Close Encounters"
(1978)

"Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" is a song recorded by Meco, taken from the album Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk. It hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on October 1, 1977, holding on to the spot for two weeks[1] and peaked at no. 7 on the UK Singles Chart, remaining in the charts for nine weeks.[2] The single was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, having sold a million units.[3]

"Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" is one of two songs which became hits featuring music from the Star Wars movie. The other is "Star Wars (Main Title)," which is original music from the movie soundtrack by John Williams. The song reached the Top 10 concurrently with Meco's more popular version. Meco again jousted with Williams a few months later, with both artists issuing competing versions of music from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, both reaching the US and Canadian Top 40, but with Williams' version being more successful than Meco's.

Chart performance[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[25] Platinum 150,000^
United States (RIAA)[26] Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Hot 100 - 1977 Archive". Billboard. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Meco". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Gold & Platinum – Meco". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved June 20, 2018. 
  4. ^ a b c "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – Top 100 End of Year AMR Charts – 1970s". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Meco – Star Wars Title Theme" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 5441." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
  7. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 5430a." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Star Wars Theme". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
  9. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Meco - Star Wars - Tune Soul Show" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
  10. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Meco – Star Wars Title Theme" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
  11. ^ "Charts.nz – Meco – Star Wars Title Theme". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
  12. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1969 – 1989 Acts (M)". Rock.co.za. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Meco – Star Wars Title Theme". Singles Top 100. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
  14. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
  15. ^ a b c "Meco – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  16. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 160. 
  17. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending SEPTEMBER 24, 1977". Archived from the original on October 3, 2012. . Cash Box.
  18. ^ "The Singles Chart" (PDF). Record World. October 1, 1977. p. 35. ISSN 0034-1622. Retrieved September 17, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 1977" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Top 200 Singles of '77". RPM. Vol. 28 no. 14. Library and Archives Canada. December 31, 1977. Retrieved June 2, 2018. 
  21. ^ "Top 100-Jaaroverzicht van 1977" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Jaaroverzichten – Single 1977" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Pop Singles". Billboard. Vol. 89 no. 51. December 24, 1977. p. 64. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  24. ^ "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1977". Archived from the original on December 30, 2012. . Cash Box.
  25. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Meco – Star Wars Theme". Music Canada. 
  26. ^ "American single certifications – Meco – Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.