|Posted: 10/18/05 08:21 PM|
Location: planet porphyry
|Mammy Blue--> Pop-Tops, then Stories .....................|
Hmm. The more I look at this one, the cloudier it gets. There's a lot about the song on the web, but unfortunately most of it not in English! Anyway, seems 'Mamy Blue' was written by Frenchman Hubert Giraud. He got the idea for it in a traffic jam apparently! After that, the sequence of events is unclear. At some point Giraud sent it to an Italian producer and it was recorded by 16-year old Ivana Spagna. Joel Dayde picked it up and had a hit with it in France and so too did Nicoletta. Meantime Los Pop Tops' Phil Trim got hold of it and wrote English lyrics for it, and had a minor hit in US and UK. Joel Dayde's English version went to #3 in Australia, and Roger Whittaker had a UK hit with it too. It's hard to establish who first had a hit with it, because most of these versions charted around the same time (late '71). I guess one thing is certain - the first person to actually sing it was Hubert Giraud in that fateful traffic jam! If anyone knows any more, please come forward.