Tears (Ken Dodd song)
|Single by Ken Dodd|
|from the album Tears of Happiness|
|B-side||"You and I"|
|Label||Columbia DB 7659|
|Ken Dodd singles chronology|
"Tears" ("Tears for Souvenirs") is a song written by lyricist Frank Capano and composer Billy Uhr,12 and was first recorded by Rudy Vallee in 1929.3 It was made famous by Ken Dodd as a single, released in 1965. It became a #1 hit in the UK Singles Chart and the biggest selling single of 1965. The song also hit number one in Ireland.
Although best known as a comedian, Ken Dodd was a prolific recording artist throughout the 1960s. His debut single, "Love is like a Violin" reached #8 in 1960. There were 9 more singles, none of which made the top 20, between then and "Tears".4
The single spent 24 weeks in total on the chart, with 5 at number 1. It sold over a million copies in the UK, becoming the biggest-selling single of 1965, and was the third biggest-selling single of the 1960s; it is the only non-Beatles song in the top 5.5 In 2002 it was listed as the UK's 19th best-selling single of all time, with sales of 1,521,000.6
- Tears at www.songfacts.com, retrieved 17 March 2009.
- Tears on the ASCAP website, retrieved 18 March 2009
- Connor, Alan (2010) "The Unswinging Sixties: Smashed Hits" BBC News 3 June 2010, retrieved 3 June 2010
- Ken Dodd discography at 45-rpm.org.uk, retrieved 3 March 2009.
- "Ken Dodd 'third best-selling artist of 1960s'". BBC News (BBC). 1 June 2010. Retrieved 1 June 2010.
- Morgan-Gan, Theo (2002). "The UK's Best Selling Singles". UK Charts Home Page. Retrieved 1 June 2010.
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|UK number one single (by Ken Dodd)
30 September 1965 (5 weeks)
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