Lost in France Bonnie Tyler
Song Title: Lost in France
Artist: Bonnie Tyler
Date of release: September 1976
Description: ” Lost in France ” is by Bonnie Tyler ( Gaynor Hopkins ), the three-time Grammy nominee from the town of Mumbles in Wales. The song was written by Ronnie Scott and Steve Wolfe.
Ronnie Scott was a British songwriter who is best known for co-writing songs with 60s artist Marty Wilde, who is the father of Kim Wilde, the 80s pop star.
As part of the songwriting team with Marty, their songs were used by many different artists including Status Quo who recorded ” Ice In The Sun ” and Lulu who had a hit with ” I’m A Tiger ” in 1968.
Steve Wolfe co-wrote the New Seekers hit single ” Beg, Steal Or Borrow ” with Graeme Hall and Tony Cole. Teaming up with Ronnie they wrote Bonnie’s hit ” It’s A Heartache “, a Top Five Billboard Hot 100 Chart hit in 1978.
” Lost in France ” was produced by Ronnie Scott and Steve Wolfe, who for the production of this track were joined by David Mackay. David is an Australian record producer who has worked with many artists including Cliff Richard, Gene Pitney, Dusty Springfield and Cilla Black.
The Country pop song was released in September 1976 by record label RCA Victor ( now part of Sony Music Entertainment ) and taken as the lead single from Bonnie’s 1977 debut Album; The World Starts Tonight.
Roger Bell, a talent scout, spotted Bonnie singing a cover version of Ike & Tina Turner’s song ” Nutbush City Limits ” in the Townsman Club, Swansea, Wales. Bonnie was invited to record some demo tracks in London, a few months later she received a phone call from RCA and was offered a recording contract with the label.
The first single released was ” My! My! Honeycomb ” in April 1976. After getting only local airplay in Wales, the song failed to make the UK Singles Chart. In response to the failure of the song, the label released ” Lost in France ” and increased promotion for that single. They arranged for Bonnie to fly France where she met journalists at a château.
” Lost in France ” was a successful release for Bonnie. In the United Kingdom the song entered the UK chart on the 30th of October 1976 and climbed to number 22, from there, it rose again to peak at number 9. The song spent three weeks in the Top Ten and a total of ten weeks on the UK chart.
It was also a hit in Germany and South Africa, making the Top Five there. Bonnie scored top twenty places in the Netherlands, Austria, Australia and Sweden. The song just missed a top twenty in Belgium, only making number twenty-one there.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 9
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 18, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 12, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 21, Germany (Official German Charts) 3, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 20, South Africa (Springbok Radio) 2, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 13
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