Following John Lennon’s death the previous December, the early part of 1981 saw him posthumously dominate the UK singles chart. Well at least after St Winifred’s School Choir had packed up and gone home after Christmas.
1981 was also the year of Joe Dolce’s Music Theatre and its denial of the Number One spot to a true 80s classic. Of course this one of those great / boring 80s pop quiz facts but it just goes to prove the democratic nature of a chart of records based upon sales.
Adam and The Ants scored a couple of number one singles in the scorching, Royal Wedding dominated summer. In fact, but for the Lennon effect, they would surely have scored a couple more. Bucks Fizz won the European Song Contest, proving that when we pick a good tune to send in to battle, we do have a chance in that most maligned of song competitions.
As far as albums were concerned, that man and his insect friends enjoyed a very long time at the top of the album chart with Kings of The Wild Frontier spending a total of twelve weeks there. Phil Collins, the Best Balding Cockney Drummer in The World… Ever!, scored a number one hit with his first solo offering, Face Value.
And finally, in a suitably sickly sweet sentimental serenade, Sir Cliff spent five weeks at the top of the album chart around the period of the Royal Wedding with his offering Love Songs. Euuuuuuuurrrrrrrrrrrgh!