Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep Middle of the Road



” Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep ” is by Middle of the Road, the Scottish group founded in Glasgow, Scotland, on April fools day 1970. The group consisted of Sally Carr ( Sarah Cecilia Carr ) on lead vocals and percussion, Ken Andrew ( Kenneth Ballentyne Andrew ) on drums, piano, organ and vibes, Eric McCredie on bass and piano, with Ian McCredie on guitar, bagpipes and flute.
The song was written by Lally Stott ( Harold “Lally” Stott ), a British songwriter from Prescot, Merseyside. Lally had recorded the song earlier in 1971 which reached number ninety-two on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in the United States, Number One in Australia for one week, reached the top fifteen in France and was a minor hit in Italy. Lally died in an accident in June 1977 near his hometown of Prescot, Merseyside.
The song was produced by Giacomo Tosti. Giacomo Tosti is an Italian music producer who has worked with Jimmy Fontana, Patty Pravo and Andy Foxx; he also worked on most of Middle of the Road’s music.
” Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep ” was released in the United Kingdom on the 15th of January 1971 by record label RCA ( Sony Music Entertainment ) and appears on their 1972 album, The Best of Middle of the Road, released on the RCA Camden record label.
Middle of the Road was initially an amateur group called Part four in Glasgow, Scotland. They later changed their name to Los Caracos and played mostly Latin American music. The four-piece were famous in Europe; it was while they were in Rome that they met producer Giacomo Tosti, he’d heard of a song and asked them to record it.
By now they had changed their name again to Middle of the Road and turned professional. The name of the group comes from the term used by the music industry to describe the type of music played that is easy to listen to for people.
The song was released, but became a hit first in Belgium and then began to sweep up the charts in other European countries. In the United Kingdom, it was a slow starter, until British radio DJ Tony Blackburn championed ” Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep ” and gave it airplay on national radio.
There has been some confusion over the years as to what the Lyrics mean. Some say it’s about a bird; others say it’s about a baby called Don. Nobody seems to know the actual lyrical meaning. Looking at when Lally Stott wrote it in 1971, there was a lot of hardship in England and Scotland at the time, so it is most probably about a social statement and society of the area at the time of hardship, unemployment and underlying social discontentment.
Despite the lack of understanding to what the song meant, the record buying public of Europe loved the song and bought it in their droves.
” Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep ” was a commercial success for Middle of the Road. In the United Kingdom the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 5th of June 1971 and reached Number One on the 19th of that month, it held the top spot for five weeks.
The song spent ten weeks in the Top Ten and a total of thirty-four weeks on the UK chart. United Kingdom sales of the single are estimated to be over 500,000 copies.
Elsewhere sales were equally impressive, in Germany sales passed one million, Belgium 175,000. Total sales of the single across Europe were estimated to be somewhere in the four million mark with worldwide sales of ten million.
Writer Lally Stott is thought to have received about £100,000 in royalties from the song. Despite the success in most European countries, they never cracked America with their cover. It was to be Mac and Katie Kissoon who took it into the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

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UK Highest Chart Position: 1

Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Ireland (IRMA) 1, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 2, Norway (VG-lista) 1, Denmark (Tracklisten) 1, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 2, Germany (Official German Charts) 2, Italy (FIMI) 14, Spain (AFYVE) 2, France (SNEP) 15, Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders) 1, Australia (Kent Music Report) 2

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