ABC were in the chart with their tribute to Smokey, but the man himself was enjoying an old song being back in the chart.
The song reached US#16 when originally released in ’65, then UK#9 in ’69. It was back to #82 in the 80s, and finally in the chart for the last time, on this day in the 80s, at #98.
This was the band’s last time on the chart, the last of 7 hits from ’68-’87, which included the ’70 #1 “Tears Of A Clown”.
In the US they had a much longer career, with 46 hits from ’59-’75, including 2 #1s.
People say I’m the life of the party ’cause I tell a joke or two