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April 24, 2020





In 82,’ Mama Used To Say’, on Mercury,

gave Junior a No.7.

And in 88, ‘Father Figure’, on Epic,

for George Michael, reached No.11.


In 72, Paul Simon, made the Top 5,

with ‘Mother & Child Reunion’, on CBS.

And in 81, ‘Daddy’s Home’, on EMI,

for Cliff Richard, a gold-selling Top 2 success.


In 74, ‘Ma-Ma-Ma-Ma-Belle’, on Warner Brothers,

gave The Electric Light Orchestra, a No.22.

And in 09, Pixie Lott, made No.1,

on Mercury, with ‘Mama Do’.


In 73, ‘Papa Was A Rolling Stone’, on Tamla Motown,

gave The Temptations, a US No.1 & UK No.14 play.

And in 68, Mama Cass, reached No.11,

with ‘Dream A Little Dream Of Me’, on RCA.


In 80, ‘Mama’s Boy’, on RAK,

for Suzi Quatro, rose to No.34.

And in 95, Boyzone, had a multiple-platinum No.2,

with ‘Father And Son’, on Polydor.


In 72, Sweet, reached No.11,

with ‘Poppa Joe’, on RCA.

And in 98, ‘Father’, on Def Jam,

was a Top 10, for LL Cool J.


In 54, ‘Papa Loves Mambo’, on HMV,

was a No.16, for Perry Como.

And in 96, Metallica, peaked at No.19,

with ‘Mama Said’, on Vertigo.


In 70, ‘Mama Told Me Not To Come’, on Stateside,

gave Three Dog Night, a US No.1 & UK Top 3.

And in 08, N-Dubz climbed to No.19,

on All Around The World, with ‘Papa Can You Hear Me’.


In 72, ‘Mama Weer All Crazee Now’,

gave Slade, a No.1 on Polydor.

And in 97, ‘Mum’s Gone To Iceland’, on Roadrunner,

for Bennett, reached No.34.


In 53, Diana Decker, made the Top 2,

on Columbia, with ‘Poppa Piccolino’.

And in 08, Wideboys Featuring Shaznay Lewis,

on All Around The World, rose to No.8, with ‘Daddy O’.


In 75, ‘Mama Never Told Me’, on Atlantic,

for Sister Sledge (their first UK hit), made No.20.

And in 92, ‘Mother Dawn’, on Big Life,

for Blue Pearl, was a Top 50 entry.


In 72, ‘Mother Of Mine’, on Decca,

saw Neil Reid, with the Top 2 won.

And in 86, ‘Papa Don’t Preach’, on Sire,

gave Madonna, a gold-selling US & UK No.1.


In 90, ‘Mother Universe’, on Big Life,

gave The Soup Dragons, a No.26.

And in 94, ‘Mama Said’, on Circa,

for Carleen Anderson, also made No.26.


In 92, ‘Father’, on Island,

gave The Christians, a No.55.

And in 05, ‘Gasolina’, on Machete,

gave Daddy Yankee, a Top 5.


In 66, The Mamas & The Papas, peaked at No.11,

with ‘I Saw Her Again’, on RCA.

And in 06, ‘Father And Daughter’, on Warner Brothers,

gave Paul Simon, a No.31 stay.


In 77, ‘Tie Your Mother Down’, on EMI,

reached No.31, for Queen.

And in 84, ‘Mother’s Talk’, on Mercury,

gave Tears For Fears, a No.14.


In 54, Eddie Fisher, had a US No.1 & UK No.9,

with ‘Oh My Papa’, on HMV.

And in 73, ‘Hey Mama’, on Ammo,

gave Joe Brown, a No.33.


In 65, ‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag’, on London,

made No.25, for James Brown & The Famous Flames.

And in 97, ‘Mama’/’Who Do You Think You Are’, on Virgin,

saw The Spice Girls, with multiple-platinum, No.1 claims.


In 04, ‘Hey Mama’,  on A & M,

gave The Black Eyed Peas, a No.6 score.

And also in 04, ‘Hey Papa!’, on EMI,

for Alex Cartana, peaked at No.34.


In 76, ‘Daddy Cool’, on Atlantic,

for Boney M (their first UK hit) made No.6.

And in 02, ‘Mother’, on Serious,

for M Factor, at No.18, ends this parental mix.


Written by

Harriet Blackbury.





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