” Green Door ” is by Shakin’ Stevens ( Michael Barratt ), the Welsh rock and roll revival singer and the biggest selling singles recording artist of the 1980s in the United Kingdom.
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 1950s, 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 longtime owner of the bar had doubts about the truth of such origins.
Another theory as to the origins of the song referred to a club in London, England. The club, 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 movie.
Although nobody knows the exact 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 knows the exact 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 twenty-six weeks on the chart with the song.
In the United Kingdom, the song first entered the Uk Singles Chart on the 1st of January 1956 and reached number eight; it spent a total of nine 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 fifteen 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 twenty-two. The song reached Number One and held the top spot for four weeks, and it spent six weeks in the Top Ten and a total of twelve weeks on the UK chart.
Shakin’ Stevens at the time made UK chart history with a jump from number twenty-two to Number One; the twenty-one places Shakin’ Stevens jumped was only second to a twenty-six place leap by Elvis Presley with ” Surrender ” some twenty years earlier.
Not many songs have jumped to Number One in so many places, even today only a handful have done so. ” Green Door ” by Shakin’ Stevens remains the fourth most significant 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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