This week in 1999

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1 The Mil­len­nium Prayer Cliff Richard 2 Re-Rewind The Crowd Say Bo Selecta Art­ful Dodger

feat. Craig David 3 King Of My Cas­tle Wam­due Project 4 Back In My Life Alice Deejay 5 Com­mu­ni­ca­tion (Somebody An­swer The Phone)

Mario Piu 6 Ev­ery Day I Love You Boy­zone 7 If I Could turn Back The Hands Of Time R Kelly 8 Talk­ing In Your Sleep/Love Me Mar­tine McCutcheon 9 North­ern Star Melanie C 10 Right Now Atomic Kit­ten A mashup be­fore the term was in­vented, The Mil­len­nium Prayer set the words of The Lord’s Prayer, or Our Fa­ther, to the tune of Auld Lang Syne. Slated by the crit­ics, and de­rided by many, it over­came huge ob­sta­cles to make num­ber one. EMI, Richard’s record company, re­fused to re­lease the sin­gle, and he took it to in­die la­bel Papil­lon in­stead. Even then, many ra­dio sta­tions would not play the song. The Mil­len­nium Prayer was Cliff’s 14th UK num­ber one and the last of his ca­reer to date. It was a char­ity sin­gle and raised over £1 mil­lion for Chil­dren’s Prom­ise. It stayed at the top for two weeks, but was not 1999’s Christ­mas Num­ber One, that hon­our go­ing to Westlife with their pair of cov­ers,‘Sea­sons In The Sun’ and ’I Have A Dream’.

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