21: The Days Of Pearly Spencer – David McWilliams

NeilTop 30 - Never Made It Songs

Year Released: 1968
Highest Chart Position: 48
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Another song by some one appeared once in the Australian Top 100 hundred and then was never heard of again.

The Days of Pearly Spencer by Irish singer David McWilliams reached number 48 on the Australian charts in 1968. It has one quite noticeable feature – the fact that the chorus was recorded over the telephone from a telephone box near the studio.

The commercial success of the song was affected to a degree by the fact that the BBC refused to play it due to the producer having had involvement in the pirate radio station, Radio Caroline (the station on which the very excellent movie, The Boat That Rocked was based. This meant that The Days of Pearly Spencer failed to chart in the UK but reached the top of the charts in some European countries.

A song that has quite a unique sound and, like Red Rubber Ball a couple of days ago is short enough to be a regular song towards the end of Radio Ga Ga when I am trying to finish the show on time!