Americanos Holly Johnson
Song Title: Americanos
Artist: Holly Johnson
Date of release: 1989
Description: ” Americanos ” is by Holly Johnson ( William Holly Johnson ), the English artist, musician, and writer. In 1977 Holly joined the punk band Big in Japan as a bassist, which formed in Liverpool, England. They became better known for the later successes of the band members rather than their music. According to Liverpool’s daily newspaper, the Liverpool Echo, the band was ” a supergroup with a difference – its members only became super after they left. ”
After his time in Big in Japan, Holly joined a group of musicians who would form the foundation of Frankie Goes to Hollywood. They were named after Holly after he saw a headline of an article about Frank Sinatra.
What Frankie Goes to Hollywood is best known for their controversial 1984 hit single, Relax. The single was one of the most successful songs of the 80s. Despite being banned by the BBC ( which helped sales ) the song sold two million copies in the UK alone, it spent five weeks at the top and became the seventh best-selling single in the history of the UK Singles Chart. After the success of their two following songs, ” Two Tribes ” and ” The Power of Love ” Frankie Goes to Hollywood was to become only the second act in the history of the UK Singles Chart to reach the top with their first three single releases.
After the group split in 1987, Holly embarked on a solo career in 1989 after a legal battle with his former record label, ZTT Records ( part owned by Trevor Horn or Buggles fame ).
” Americanos ” was written by Holly Johnson. Production for the single was by Andy Richards and Steve Lovell. Andy is a British–Australian pianist, keyboardist, music producer and composer. He started his music career as a member of the folk-rock band, Strawbs. As a producer, he has worked with artists like T’Pau, Pet Shop Boys, Fuzzbox, Prefab Sprout, Malcolm McLaren, Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, OMD, and Berlin.
Steve Lovell, a record producer for over twenty years, produced Blur and Julian Cope’s first two solo Albums. Steve is now a member of a band called The Purple Pudding Clause With his wife Rachel and his son David.
The song was released in 1989 by record label MCA ( Universal Music Group ) and taken as the second single from Holly’s debut Album Blast. The Album, released in 1989, topped the UK Albums Chart, going Platinum with sales of over 300,000 copies.
Holly directed the accompanying music video. The video, based on a fictional television show called ” Solid Gold Lottery Show, ” featured Holly playing the moderator in a gold lamé suit.
The song was a commercial success for Holly. In the United States, it reached number thirty-six on the Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs Chart.
In the United Kingdom ” Americanos ” entered the UK Singles Chart on the 14th of January 1989 and reached a peak of number four. The song spent five weeks in the Top Ten and a total of eleven weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 4
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australian Singles Chart 77, Austrian Singles Chart 1, Belgian Singles Chart (Vl) 5, Dutch Singles Chart 8, German Singles Chart 2, Irish Singles Chart 6, Italian Singles Chart 10, New Zealand Singles Chart 10, Norwegian Singles Chart 6, Swedish Singles Chart 7, Swiss Singles Chart 4
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