Here’s the list of all the singers/bands who got to #1 in the Indie Singles Charts in 1987:-
Ciccone Youth, Age of Chance, The Smiths (three times), Erasure (two times), Gaye Bykers on Acid, The Soup Dragons, All About Eve, New Order (two times), M/A/R/R/S, Fields of the Nephilim and Nina Simone.
The last-named sort of sticks out somewhat doesn’t it?
My Baby Just Cares For Me had originally been recorded in 1958 for Nina’s debut LP Little Girl Blue. Despite the likes of Frank Sinatra, Julie London and Pat Boone all recording it in the 60s, this jazz song was really quite obscure until some marketing whizzkid decided it would make the perfect accompaniment to an advert for Chanel No. 5 perfume.
Such was the popularity of the ad that there was a demand for the song to be released as a single which happened in October 1987 on Charly Records, a small label specialising in reissuing obscurities and whose distribution arrangements meant its releases could qualify for the indie charts.
My Baby Just Cares For Me went to #5 in the mainstream charts and spent 5 week at top of the indie charts. It was preceded and then succeeded by these: –
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