25: Carmilla – Jon English

NeilTop 30 - Australian Songs

Entered Charts: 14 May 1980
Entry Point: 40
Highest Chart: 40
Weeks In: 3
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One of the greats of the Australian music scene, the late Jon English (who passed away in March 2016) produced nine top 40 hits throughout the 1970’s and 1980. In my mind, Carmilla is the stand out. To me, Hollywood Seven and Turn The Page display the rock ‘n’ roller but Carmilla displays the performer. Gentle and melodic, Carmilla was Jon’s last top 40 song, reaching number 40 in May 1980.

An interesting piece of trivia about this song – I believe that it is the only song to make it to number 40, peak at number 40 (many songs have done that) but stay in that position for three consecutive weeks. A song that was JUST popular enough to reach the top 40 but good enough to stay there for three weeks.

I believe that it deserved better recognition than that.