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TONY CHRISTIE’S (IS THIS THE WAY TO) AMAR­ILLO

The 2005 ver­sion of (Is This The Way To) Amar­illo was a re-is­sue rather than a re-record­ing of the 1971 orig­i­nal, so Peter Kay is one of the few people to be ‘fea­tured’ on a No. 1 hit with­out play­ing any part in the record­ing. In fact, Tony Christie recorded the song two years be­fore Kay was born. Amar­illo was writ­ten by two Amer­i­cans: Neil Sedaka and his long-time lyrics writ­ing col­lab­o­ra­tor Howard Green­field. The song was never a hit in their na­tive land how­ever, with Sedaka's own ver­sion peak­ing at num­ber 44 in the Bill­board charts. Sedaka has con­ceded that Tony Christie's ver­sion was ‘catchier and more up­beat’. York­shire singer Christie reached No. 18 in the UK with Amar­illo in 1971, but it was a much big­ger hit in Europe, no­tably Spain and Ger­many where it hit num­ber one. 34 years af­ter its first re­lease, Amar­illo fi­nally topped the charts in the UK and Ire­land as the 2005 Comic Re­lief fundraiser af­ter it had fea­tured in the com­edy se­ries Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights. Kay lip-synced the song in the video, ac­com­pa­nied by an ar­ray of celebri­ties that in­cluded Brian May and Roger Tay­lor of Queen, Michael Parkin­son, Mr Blobby, Shakin' Stevens and Heather Mills.

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