Green Door Shakin Stevens
Song Title: Green Door
Artist: Shakin Stevens
Date of release: July 17th 1981
Description: ” Green Door ” is by Shakin’ Stevens ( Michael Barratt ), the Welsh rock and roll revival singer and the biggest selling singles recording artist of the 1980’s in the UK.
The song was written by Marvin Moore with music composed by Bob Davie, Bob was an orchestra leader, arranger, pianist, and composer.
Originally called ” The Green Door ” it was released by record label Dot Records in 1956 and sung by Jim Lowe. Jim’s earlier taste of chart success came in 1953 with ” Gambler’s Guitar “, a Million selling song which he wrote for Rusty Draper.
In the 1950’s, when Jim Lowe reigned supreme with ” The Green Door “, many believed the song was inspired by a green door bar and restaurant known as ” The Shack ” which is situated in Columbia Missouri where Jim was studying at the University of Missouri. However the long time owner of the bar had doubts to the truth of such origins.
Another theory as to the origins of the song referred to a club in London, England. Known as Gateways it was London’s first lesbian club, opening in 1930 in Bramerton Street, Chelsea. The only similarities are the club had a green door and featured in the film The Killing of Sister George. However there is no real evidence of any connection other than a green door and use in a film.
Although nobody really knows the true origin of the song, there are many theories. Some say it’s from The Door in the Wall by H.G. wells. While others believe the inspiration for the song came from a short story called The Green Door by O. Henry published in 1906. It featured along with a selection of short stories in a book called The Four Million. It is safe to say that nobody really knows the true inspiration behind the song.
The 1956 version of the song by Jim Lowe made its debut on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart on the 22nd of September 1956, the song reached Number One for one week on the 3rd of November of that year. Elvis Presley’s ” Love me tender ” was knocked from the top by Jim Lowe. Along with dislodging Elvis Jim enjoyed a chart run of 26 weeks on the chart with the song.
In the United Kingdom, the song first entered the chart on the 1st of January 1956 and reached number 8, it spent a total of 9 weeks on the UK chart.
Frankie Vaughan released his version of the song which entered the chart on the 15th of November 1956 and reached a peak of number two, this time the song spent a total of 15 weeks on the UK chart.
However it is Shakin’ Stevens that is most associated with ” Green Door ” and the only singer to make Number One with the song in the UK. The version by Shakin’ Stevens entered the UK chart on the 25th of July 1981 at number 22. The song reached Number One and held the top slot for four weeks, it spent 6 weeks in the top ten and a total of 12 weeks on the UK chart.
Shakin’ Stevens at the time made UK chart history with a jump from number 22 to Number One, the 21 places Shakin’ Stevens jumped was only second to a 26 place leap by Elvis Presley with ” Surrender ” some 20 years earlier.
Not many songs have jumped to Number One by so many places, even today only a handful have done so. ” Green Door ” by Shakin’ Stevens remains the fourth biggest jump to number One in UK music history.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Switzerland 5, Germany 6, Austria 8, Netherlands 8, Belgium 7, New Zealand 2, Ireland 1
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