” Save your kisses for me ” by Brotherhood of Man was written originally by Lee Sheriden back in 1974. Famously the song was to go on and win the 1976 Eurovision Song Contest.
The song was initially called ” Oceans of Love ” after fellow writers thought the title was a little clumsy. However, Lee was unhappy with the changes to the song it was put on the back burner.
A year passed, and the group needed songs for the next Album, they realised they needed one more song so looked again at the song by Lee. They decided to use ” Save your kisses for me “.
Not long after their manager Tony Hiller was eager for the group to enter Eurovision, the qualifying rounds had changed in the United Kingdom allowing singers to put forward their songs.
” Save your kisses for me ” was put forward by the group and was accepted as one of the twelve finalists. It went on to win A Song for Europe in 1976 by two points above the second-placed Co-Co.
Brotherhood of Man took the song to the Eurovision Song Contest being held in The Hague, the Netherlands in 1976 as the entry by the United Kingdom.
Earning the maximum twelve points by seven different countries which totalled 164 points overall, ” Save your kisses for me ” beat the French entry which managed 147 points into second place.
The group released the song two weeks before the final of the Eurovision Song Contest and enjoyed a Number One in the UK, where it went on to be the biggest selling song of that year.
” Save your kisses for me ” remains one of the biggest selling songs of the contest ever, with number one positions in many European countries.
In the United States, the song reached number twenty-seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached Number One on the Easy Listening Chart.
Sales in the region of six million copies worldwide and a six-week stay at the top of the UK Singles Chart, ” Save your kisses for me ” is one of the biggest selling singles of all time.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 27
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia 1,Austria 3, Belgium 1, France 1, Germany 2, Ireland 1, Italy 41, The Netherlands 1, New Zealand 9, Norway 1, South Africa 4, Spain 1, Sweden 6, Switzerland 2
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