Thursday, 10 December 2009

Mary Ann - Black Lace

'Mary Ann' is a rather straightforward love song, performed by the English band Black Lace. They represented the United Kingdom during the 1979 Eurovision Song Contest with this song. It finished eleventh in a field of 19 contestants. The single reached number 42 in the UK charts, the lowest placing for a Eurovision entrant in many years.

The song was under threat of legal action when the band Smokey's publishers insisted that 'Mary Ann' was a rip-off of Smokey’s song 'Oh Carol'. The song's publishing company, ATV Music, insisted that any similarity was purely coincidental, and since they showed that the notation of the two songs were different the case was dropped. However, it was no secret in the Black Lace camp that every possible thing was done to sound like Smokey, from the lead vocal to the harmonies, the guitars and even the bass line. 'It was an intentional rip-off,' said Colin Routh from the band.

My collection: 7" single no. 4343
Found: Chelsea Records, Antwerpen, December 1, 2009
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'Mary Ann' / 'Drivin''

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