Young at Heart (Bananarama song)

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"Young at Heart"
Song by Bananarama from the album Deep Sea Skiving
Released 1983
Recorded January 1982
Genre Pop, new wave
Length 3:13
Label London
Writer(s) Sara Dallin,
Siobhan Fahey,
Keren Woodward,
Robert Hodgens
Producer(s) Barry Blue
Deep Sea Skiving track listing
"Young at Heart"
"Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"
"Young at Heart"
The Bluebells Young at Heart single cover.jpg
1984 single cover
Single by The Bluebells
from the album Sisters
Released 12 July 1984
Format 7" vinyl, 7" shaped picture disc, 12" vinyl (1984)
7" vinyl, Cassette, CD (1993)
Recorded March 1984
Genre Country pop, new wave
Length 5:28
Label London
Writer(s) Robert Hodgens,
Siobhan Fahey,
Bobby Valentino
The Bluebells singles chronology
"I'm Falling"
"Young at Heart"
"Cath" (re-issue)

"Young at Heart" is a pop song first recorded in the 1980s by the British female singing trio Bananarama and appeared on their debut album Deep Sea Skiving in 1983. The song was later recorded by the Scottish pop group The Bluebells.

Bananarama version[edit]

Bananarama's version of the song is credited to Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey and Keren Woodward of Bananarama, and Robert Hodgens of The Bluebells, Fahey's then-boyfriend.

The Bluebells' version[edit]

The song was reworked in 1984 by The Bluebells, a version originally credited to Hodgens and Fahey upon its re-release in 1993. In 2002, the session musician Bobby Valentino, who performed the violin solo on The Bluebells' version of "Young at Heart", won the right to be recognised as co-author of the song after taking legal action.[1]

The Bluebells' version of the song was a UK top 10 chart success on two occasions, first reaching number 8 in the UK Singles Chart on its original release in 1984.[2] Almost a decade later, after The Bluebells had disbanded, the song was re-released as a single in 1993 after being featured in a TV advert on British television for the Volkswagen Golf. It became a number one hit for four weeks,[3] leading to the band reforming temporarily to perform the song on BBC Television's Top of the Pops, where they sent up the unexpected re-release by parodying various other famous acts of the time such as Shabba Ranks and 2 Unlimited. The performance from 25 March is also remembered for an unusual camera technique where a camera was fixed to the bow of the violinist, leading to several fast and humorous shots of the bow being used.

Chart performance (The Bluebells version)[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
UK Singles Chart[2] 8
Irish Singles Chart[4] 13
Chart (1993) Peak
UK Singles Chart[3] 1
Dutch GfK chart[5] 15
Dutch Top 40[6] 20
Irish Singles Chart[4] 1


  1. ^ Gray, Chris (July 3, 2002). "Violinist wins fight for royalties after musical interlude in the High Court - Crime, UK -". The Independent. London. Retrieved 20 April 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Chart Stats - The Bluebells - Young At Heart". Retrieved 20 April 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Chart Stats - The Bluebells - Young At Heart {1993}". Retrieved 20 April 2009 (2009-04-20).  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ a b " search results". Retrieved 20 April 2009. 
  5. ^ " - The Bluebells - Young At Heart". Retrieved 20 April 2009. 
  6. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 - 22 Mei 1993/Week 21". Retrieved 20 April 2009. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Oh Carolina" by Shaggy
UK Singles Chart Number 1 single
(The Bluebells version)

28 March 1993 - 24 April 1993
Succeeded by
"Five Live (EP)" by George Michael and Queen with Lisa Stansfield