Tom Hark

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"Tom Hark"
Single by Elias and His Zig-Zag Jive Flutes
B-side "Ry-Ry"
Released 1958
Format 10-inch 78 rpm & 7-inch 45 rpm records
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Rupert Bopape

"Tom Hark" is an instrumental composition written by Rupert Bopape and originally recorded by Elias and His Zig-Zag Jive Flutes, a band led by Jack Lerole, released in 1958. It entered the UK charts at number 30 on 25 April 1958 and peaked at number 2 for four weeks from 24 May, staying in the charts for a total of 14 weeks.[1]

The song was most notably covered by the British ska band the Piranhas in 1980, whose rendition included lyrics by the band's frontman "Boring" Bob Grover. The Piranhas' version peaked at number 6 on the UK Singles Chart, being the band's most successful single, although its legacy has lived on through being the basis of many football chants in Great Britain and Ireland.[2]


  1. ^ "Tom Hark Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Jane Ridley (15 October 1999). "Eighties hit is No.1 with soccer fans". The Mirror. Archived from the original on 30 December 2004.