Monday, 4 August 2014

Stars on 45RPM: The Clapping Song / Blame by The Belle Stars (Stiff, BUY155)

The Belle Stars - The Clapping Song. Stiff, Buy155
Following my recent discovery of Iko Iko on picture disc, here's another single by The Belle Stars that recalled music from the 1960s.

The Clapping Song was originally released as a pop single by soul star Shirley Ellis in 1965 although that in turn was based on an earlier 1930s song called Little Rubber Dolly by the Texas Swing band The Light Crust Doughboys based on  instructions around The Clapping Game.

The Belle Stars version of The Clapping Song (Stiff, BUY155) coupled with Shame, spent 9 weeks on the UK chart over the summer of 1982 peaking at No.11, they had further success with the single in Australia where it reached No.4.

The single featured a neat picture sleeve design with a photo of the girls on the front and an illustrative study of the lyrics on the reverse.

Following the success of both Iko Iko (which was still bubbling under the top 40) and The Clapping Song, The Belle Stars opted for another 60s oldie originally recorded by Inez and Charlie Foxx Mockingbird for their next single in the autumn of 1982.

However Mockingbird didn't perform as well in the charts (highest position: 51) and the band would have to wait until 1983 for their biggest hit A Sign Of The Times which reached No.3 in January that year.

My copy of The Clapping Song was certainly found for pennies back on a second hand stall in Darlington Market back in the 1980s.

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