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Robert Palmer

Johnny & Mary

New Wave
  • Pop
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  • Jazz
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  • 1980
  • 1981
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“Johnny and Mary” is a song written by Robert Palmer and was recorded in 1980 at Compass Point Studios, New Providence, in the Bahamas. The song was featured on Palmer’s album Clues (1980). “Johnny and Mary” only went to #44 on the UK Singles Chart, but did reach #18 on Billboard’s Club Play Singles chart. “Johnny and Mary” was used as the signature tune in advertisements promoting Renault cars throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Early adverts used Palmer’s original version, while a range of special recordings in different styles were produced during the 1990s; most famously Martin Taylor’s acoustic interpretation which he released on his album Spirit of Django. Taylor recorded alternate versions for Renault; the last being in 1998 for the launch of the all-new Renault... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ Johnny’s always running around ... Says she should be used to it ... Running around

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Popular in New Wave (See Charts): Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This), Everything Counts, Just Can'T Get Enough, Here Comes The Rain Again, Save A Prayer, Whip It, Save It For Later, One Thing Leads To Another, Israel, and Summer Rain.


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