Won't Somebody Dance with Me

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"Won't Somebody Dance qith Me" is a song written by Lynsey de Paul in 1973,[1] which was awarded an Ivor Novello Award in 1974. Her original version of the ballad made the UK, Irish and Dutch Top 20s, and was featured in the [film The Big Sleep, The Muppet Show, and the 1970s version of the New Mickey Mouse Club (performed on that show by Lisa Whelchel).

This autobiographical song, inspired by an event from de Paul's teenage years, included some spoken dialogue by a male voice; on the original single it was by the BBC Radio 1 DJ Ed Stewart.[2] It was her last single released on the MAM record label.

The track has been covered by Bruce Johnston, Petula Clark, Alan Tew Orchestra, Sounds Orchestral, Peter North, Jeannie, Denis King, Lena Zavaroni and S. Sebber.[3]

A French version ("Je voudrais tant danser") was recorded by Martine Tourreil. A Danish version "Hvem danser en dans med mig" was released by Maria Stenz med Jesper Klein in 1974 and reached number 8 in the Danish chart.[4] De Paul recorded an updated version of the song on her 1994 album Just a Little Time.

The single reached #14 in the UK Singles Chart in November 1973,[5] and number 9 in the Irish Singles Chart.[6]

An alternative recording of the song by de Paul was featured as the second track on the album The Wicked Die Young. It was compiled by the film director Nicolas Winding Refn and chosen as one of songs that inspired his horror film The Neon Demon. Rob Wacey reviewed the album for AllMusic and rated the track as one of the highlights of the album.[7]


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  2. ^ Warren, Jane. "Lynsey de Paul won the Ivor Novello Award and a string of celeb lovers | Obituaries". Express.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  3. ^ Leif Barbre. "String Man". String Man. Retrieved 2017-07-08. 
  4. ^ "Hvem Danser En Dans Mit Vig". Danskehitlister.dk. Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 145. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  6. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. 1962-10-01. Retrieved 2017-07-08. 
  7. ^ Rob Wacey (2017-04-14). "Nicolas Winding Refn Presents: The Wicked Die Young - Nicolas Winding Refn | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-07-08.