This week in 1999
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’.