Four Letter Word Kim Wilde



” Four Letter Word ” is by Kim Wilde ( Kim Smith ), the English pop singer, author, DJ and television presenter. Kim was born in the West London, England in 1960. She is the eldest child of Marty Wilde ( Reginald Smith ), the 1950s English rock ‘n’ roll singer.
It was in 1981 when Kim first entered the music scene with her debut single ” Kids in America “, the song reached number two in the United Kingdom. Between her debut in 1981 and 1996, Kim has had twenty-five singles make it into the Top 50 of the UK Singles Chart. A successful artist, Kim has sold over 10 million albums and 20 million singles worldwide.
The song was written by Kim’s brother Ricki and her father, Marty Wilde. Ricki ( Richard James Reginald Steven Smith ) is a British songwriter, musician and record producer. He had a go at being a pop star himself, after being signed to record producer Jonathan King’s label, his UK singles weren’t successful. Ricki became a producer and co-writer for Kim, a role he later admitted he was more than happy to do.
Marty Wilde ( Reginald Leonard Smith ) is an English singer and songwriter. The father of pop singers Ricky, Kim and Roxanne Wilde, he was among the first generation of British pop stars to emulate American rock and roll.
Marty had success as a songwriter during the late 60s and early 70s. Using the names Frere Manston and Jack Gellar, Marty co-wrote, along with Ronnie Scott, ” Jesamine “. The song, recorded by one-hit wonders the Casuals, which reached number two on the UK Singles Chart in 1968. They also wrote Lulu’s UK number nine hit ” I’m a Tiger ” and the early Status Quo’s UK number eight, ” Ice In The Sun “.
Production for the single was by Tony Swain and Ricki Wilde. Tony was part of Jolley & Swain ( Steven Nicholas Jolley and Tony Swain ), who was a successful songwriting and production duo in the United Kingdom in the early to mid-1980s. They worked with many of the top artists of the era like Alison Moyet, Diana Ross, Tom Robinson, Errol Brown and Wang Chung.
” Four Letter Word ” was released on the 21st of November 1988 by record label MCA ( Universal Music Group ) and taken as the fourth single from Kim’s sixth studio album, Close. The album, released on the 1st of June 1988, was the final album on which Marty Wilde had co-writer credits. Close, became Kim’s biggest selling album, certified Platinum in the United Kingdom it had sales of 300,000 and sold over 2 million copies worldwide.
The single was the first time during Kim’s then eight-year career that she release a ballad as a single. It was also the last time she’d release a song written by her father and brother. There were two other versions of the song released as a 12″ and CD single, an extended version and acoustic remix.
The accompanying music video was directed by Michael Geoghegan, the Grammy and Brit Award-winning director. Michael has directed many videos for artists like Toploader, Simple Minds, Phil Collins, Boyzone, Robert Miles, Roxette and Amy Grant.
” Four Letter Word ” was a commercial success for Kim. In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 3rd of December 1988 and reached a peak of number six. It spent two weeks in the Top Ten and a total of twelve weeks on the UK chart.
It also charted in Ireland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and Australia.

BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A

UK Highest Chart Position: 6

Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Ireland 5, Netherlands 8, Switzerland 18, Austria 23, Germany 27, Australia 165

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