One Night in Bangkok Murray Head
Song Title: One Night in Bangkok
Artist: Murray Head
Date of release: October 1984
Description: ” One Night in Bangkok ” is by Murray Head ( Murray Seafield Saint-George Head ), the English actor and singer.
Murray rose to fame with the title song ” Superstar “, from the 1970 rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. The song, sung with the Trinidad Singers, entered the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in January 1970 and peaked at number 74. The single re-entered the Billboard Chart on another two occasions with the highest peak at number 14 in 1971.
” One Night in Bangkok ” was written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, who composed the musical score and Tim Rice and Björn Ulvaeus who wrote the lyrics.
Production for the single was by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice.
Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus are best known for ABBA, the multi Million selling Swedish pop group from the 70s and 80s. After winning the Eurovision Song Contest 1974 they went on to sell over 370 Million records.
Tim Rice is best known for his writing partnership with Andrew Lloyd Webber, the English composer and musical theatre impresario. Together they wrote Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Evita amongst others.Tim is one of the most highly regarded and celebrated lyricists, he was knighted for services to music in 1994.
The song was released in October 1984 by record label RCA ( Sony Music Entertainment ) and features on the concept Album from the musical Chess. The double LP was released worldwide in the autumn of 1984. The album featured other artists including Tommy Körberg, Elaine Paige and actor Denis Quilley playing the role of Molokov.
The verses of ” One Night in Bangkok ” was rapped by Murray Head with the choruses sung by Anders Glenmark, the Swedish singer and songwriter. Anders played lead guitar in Abba’s 1976 hit single Money, money, money. He also produced and co-wrote Anni-Frid “Frida” Lyngstad’s 1996 Swedish solo album Djupa Andetag and has worked with many Danish artists including Lis Sørensen and Søs Fenger.
The accompanying video was directed by David G. Hillier who also directed other videos for singles released from the musical Chess. He also directed the video ” Call Me ” for by Spagna and has worked with Iron Maiden, Sheena Easton and The Undertones.
” One Night in Bangkok ” was a commercial success for Murray Head. In the United states the song reached a peak of number 3 in May 1985 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, spending 20 weeks on the chart there.
Outside of the United States the single reached number 3 in Canada and topped the charts in South Africa, West Germany, Switzerland and Australia. In the United Kingdom the single entered the UK chart on the 3rd of November 1984 and reached a peak of number 12. It spent 7 weeks in the top 20 and a total of 16 weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 3
UK Highest Chart Position: 12
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 1, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 2, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 1, Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders) 1, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 3, Europe (Eurochart Hot 100) 1, France (SNEP) 2, Germany (Official German Charts) 1, Ireland (IRMA) 7, Italy (FIMI) 9, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 1, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 2, Norway (VG-lista) 3, Poland (LP3) 7, South Africa (Springbok Radio) 1, Spain (AFYVE) 1, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 3, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1
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