Terry (Twinkle song)

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Twinkle Terry.jpg
Single by Twinkle
A-side "Terry"
B-side "The Boy of My Dreams"
Released 1964
Format 7" single
Genre Pop
Label Decca Records
Songwriter(s) Twinkle
Twinkle singles chronology
"Golden Lights"
"Golden Lights"

"Terry" is a song written and sung by British singer Lynn Ripley, who performed under the name Twinkle. It was her first single, and reached number 4 in the UK Singles Chart in December 1964, spending fifteen weeks in the charts.[1] The track also reached number 5 on the Canadian charts, spending four weeks in the Top 40 in February 1965.

The song is about the death of a young man named Terry, killed in a motorcycle accident. It was banned by both the BBC, and by ITV's Ready Steady Go! on grounds of taste, but despite (or possibly because of) this, it shot up the charts. It was Twinkle's only Top 10 hit, although her follow-up, "Golden Lights" (later covered by The Smiths), reached number 21 in the UK.[1]

Cover versions[edit]

Claude François released a French version of "Terry" on his 1965 EP Les Choses De La Maison.[2] In 1986, The song was sung by Mandy Smith, for inclusion in her debut album, but was unreleased until 2009. In 2010, Anika included a cover of the song on her debut album Anika.[3]


AllMusic described "Terry" as "magnificent — Phil Spector meets The Shangri-Las on a rain-slicked English back-road" — and said that it "should have set up Twinkle for never-ending fame".[4]


  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 570. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "Claude François - Les Choses De La Maison". Discogs. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Phares, Heather (2010). "Anika - Anika". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-03-05. 
  4. ^ Richie Unterberger. "Twinkle Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 May 2010.