This week, in our look back at women in the charts, we are focussing on 1989 when Lisa Stansfield was at number 10 with her song All Around The World. It was her biggest hit, reaching number 1, and won Lisa (along with fellow songwriters Ian Devaney and Andy Morris ) the Ivor Novello award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically in 1989. The song was also nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and earned Lisa a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.
This week, in our look back at women in the charts, we are focussing on 1973 when Carpenters were at number 14 with Top of The World. This song was one of the many hit singles for the brother and sister duo. Karen’s distinctive sweet and pure vocals have ensured that their songs have stood the test of time and continue to be popular. Here they are performing the song on Starparade in 1978.
This week, in our look back at women in the charts, we are in 2002 when Sugababes were at number 7 with Stronger. This song was from their second album Angels with Dirty Faces and was released as a double A-side single along with the title track from the album. This girl group are known for their frequently changing line-up. At the time of release of this song the group comprised of Mutya Buena, Keisha Buchanan and Heidi Range.
This week in our regular feature, looking back at women in the charts, we are in 1957 when Debbie Reynolds was at number 3 with Tammy. At 23 years old, Debbie was the co-star, along with Leslie Nielson, in the film Tammy and The Bachelor, for which the song was recorded. She received a gold record for the song, which reached number one and was the biggest selling single for a female artist in 1957. At the time, Debbie was married to Eddie Fisher who later went on to marry Elizabeth Taylor. Here is footage from the film featuring Debbie singing the song.
This week, in our regular look back at women in the charts, we are focussing on 1963 when The Ronettes were are number 6 with Be My Baby. The song, which appeared on The Ronettes debut album Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes featuring Veronica, was recorded by Phil Spector using his trademark ‘Wall of Sound’ production. As part of this, a number of other artists featured as back-up vocalists on the track including The Blossoms (with Darlene Love) and Sonny and Cher.
Here are the Ronettes performing the song on the US TV show Shindig in 1965.