Montego Bay (song)

"Montego Bay" is a song co-written and performed by Bobby Bloom about the city in Jamaica of the same name. The song was a Top 10 hit for Bloom in the Fall of 1970 on both sides of the Atlantic. It reached #3 on the UK Singles Chart,[1] #5 on the Canadian RPM 100 Singles Chart,[2] #7 on the Australian Go-Set Singles Chart and #8 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song was co-written and produced by Jeff Barry. In the master tape of the song, Bloom breaks into a chorus of "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'" at the end of the recording, but the single version fades out before that. Apparently, that was done to avoid paying royalties for use of the Rodgers & Hammerstein song, though the full version does appear on the Bobby Bloom Album and has received frequent airplay. The song features a whistler, as well as Jamaican instruments to illustrate the section called "Montego Bay," in a Calypso genre.

"Montego Bay"
Montego Bay - Bobby Bloom.jpg
Single by Bobby Bloom
from the album The Bobby Bloom Album
B-side"Try a Little Harder"
ReleasedSeptember 1970 (U.S.)
Format45 RPM 7"
GenrePop, Soul, Calypso
LabelL&R Records
Songwriter(s)Jeff Barry, Bobby Bloom
Producer(s)Jeff Barry
Bobby Bloom singles chronology
"Sign of the V"
(1969)
"Montego Bay"
(1970)
"Make Me Happy"
(1970)

Bloom's recording of the song appeared in the 1997 film The Ice Storm.

Chart historyEdit

Jon Stevens versionEdit

"Montego Bay"
 
Single by Jon Stevens
from the album Jezebel
B-side"Sha La La"
ReleasedJanuary 1980
Formatsingle
GenrePop rock
LabelCBS Records
Songwriter(s)B. Bloom, J. Barry
Producer(s)Jay Lewis
Jon Stevens singles chronology
"Jezebel"
(1979)
"Montego Bay"
(1980)
"Don't Let Love Go"
(1980)

In January 1980, New Zealand recording artist Jon Stevens released a version as a single. It peaked at number 1 in New Zealand, knocking himself from the top of the charts.[24] "Montego Bay" remained number 1 for seven weeks in 1980. [25]

Track listingEdit

Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM
  1. "Montego Bay"
  2. "Sha La La"

ChartsEdit

Chart (1980) Peak
position
New Zealand Singles Chart[26] 1

Other recordingsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. 1970-08-29. Retrieved 2020-04-18.
  2. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-03.
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  4. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1980-05-17. Retrieved 2020-04-18.
  5. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-03.
  6. ^ a b "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Montego Bay". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved April 18, 2020.
  7. ^ Flavour of New Zealand, 14 December 1970
  8. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". 16 October 1970. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. 1970-08-29. Retrieved 2020-04-18.
  10. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  11. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, December 5, 1970
  12. ^ "Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. 1970-10-10. Retrieved 2020-04-18.
  13. ^ "Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. 1978-09-03. Retrieved 2020-04-18.
  14. ^ "Jon Stevens singles". charts.nz. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  15. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1980-05-17. Retrieved 2020-04-18.
  16. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  17. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". 1986. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  18. ^ "Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. 1986-09-13. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  19. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  20. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  21. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". collectionscanada.gc.ca.
  22. ^ "All the Number One Singles: 1970". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
  23. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.
  24. ^ "Jon Stevens". Sergent.com.au. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  25. ^ "'Montego Bay' hits number one". Nzhistory.net.nz. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  26. ^ "Jon Stevens singles". charts.nz. Retrieved 14 August 2016.

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