The Legend of Xanadu
|"The Legend of Xanadu"|
|Single by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich|
|from the album If No One Sang|
|Released||9 February 1968|
|Recorded||17 January 1968, Phillips Studios, Stanhope Place, Marble Arch, London|
|Label||Fontana TF903 (UK)
|Songwriter(s)||Ken Howard, Alan Blaikley|
|Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich singles chronology|
"The Legend of Xanadu" is a single by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich that reached number one in the UK Singles Chart in 1968, and was the group's biggest hit. As with many of their singles, it was written by songwriters Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley, and like many of the group's recordings, it features novelty elements — in this case a trumpet section and the distinctive sound of a whip cracking in the chorus. The musical accompaniment was directed by John Gregory.
7" vinyl single
- "Please" (Dave Harman, John Dymond, Trevor Davies) – 3:20
|UK Singles Chart||1|
|Australian (NSW) Singles Chart||3|
|Austrian Singles Chart||6|
|Belgian Singles Chart||6|
|Dutch Top 40||5|
|Finnish Singles Chart||20|
|German Singles Chart||5|
|Irish Singles Chart||1|
|Japanese Singles Chart||11|
|Norwegian Singles Chart||3|
|Swedish Singles Chart||1|
References in popular culture
In Red Dwarf episode "Timeslides" (Season 3, Episode 5), an alternate dimension sees Dave Lister rich and living in a mansion named Xanadu; "not as a reference to the film Citizen Kane, but rather as a tribute to the hit single by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich".
- Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. pp. 114–5. ISBN 0-85112-250-7.
- "Everyhit.com search results for The Legend of Xanadu". Retrieved December 21, 2008.
- "Austriancharts.at". Retrieved December 21, 2008.
- "De Nederlandse Top 40, week 12, 1968". Retrieved December 21, 2008.
- "Irishcharts.ie search results for The Legend of Xanadu". Retrieved December 21, 2008.
- "Norwegiancharts.com". Retrieved December 21, 2008.
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