- Angelo (song)
Name = Angelo
Type = Single
Brotherhood of Man
from Album = Images
B-side = "All Night"
| Released = 1977
Genre = Pop
Length = 3.15
Tony Hiller/ Lee Sheriden/ Martin Lee
Last single =
Oh Boy (The Mood I'm In)
This single = Angelo (1977)
Next single = Highwayman (1977)
Angelo is a single by pop group
Brotherhood of Man.
Tony Hiller, Lee Sheridenand Martin Lee and produced by Hiller, it was the band's second UK number one single (after their Eurovision winner, Save Your Kisses for Methe previous year), spending a single week at the top in August 1977. The song remained on the UK Chart for 12 weeks - 10 of them in the Top Ten - and was the 9th biggest selling single of the year. [ [http://www.chartstats.com/songinfo.php?id=7438 chartstats.com - Chart details] ] .
Despite being one of the biggest selling singles of the decade, the song has often been criticised in its similarity to " Fernando" - an earlier single released by pop group
ABBA, who were seen as Brotherhood Of Man's main competition in the UK. Member and co-writer Sheriden denies any attempts to 'copy', stating that they "were simply writing in the style of the day". Other male member and co-writer, Lee also denies the allegation, but admits that "they were pretty close". ["I Love 1976", Channel 4 Television]
The song tells of a Shepherd in Mexico who falls in love with a rich girl, but he is met with resistance from her family. Both aware that her family would never allow the union, they run away together and commit
suicide. [ [http://homepage.ntlworld.com/gary.hart/lyricsb/brotherhood.html "Angelo" song lyrics] ]
The song is sung by the two female members of the group,
Sandra Stevensand Nicky Stevens, although Sandra sings the opening lines alone.
"Angelo" was performed by the group at the
Royal Variety Performancein 1977 in front of Queen Elizabeth II. [ [http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/title/729915?view=cast BFI | Film & TV Database | The SILVER JUBILEE ROYAL VARIETY GALA (1977) ] ]
UK comedy group
The Barron Knightsparodied this song on their "Live in Trouble" single, a top ten hit in 1977. [ [http://www.listology.com/content_show.cfm/content_id.32632/All%20CD's%20I%20Have%20By/ listology.com - Barron Knights parody] ] [ [http://www.chartstats.com/songinfo.php?id=7557 Chart Stats - The Barron Knights - Live In Trouble ] ]
The song also was a number one hit in
Irelandand South Africa. [ [http://www.irishcharts.ie/search/placement The Irish Charts - All there is to know ] ] [ [http://www.rock.co.za/files/springbok_top_20_(B).html South African Rock Lists Website - SA Charts 1969 - 1989 Acts (B) ] ] It featured on the group's album " Images," which was released later in the year.
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