Kate on Shortlist for “The Nation’s Favourite No.1”

Kate’s Wuthering Heights has been shortlisted in the 1970s section for ITVs “The Nation’s Favourite Number One Single”:

2012 sees the 60th anniversary of the first ever UK singles chart. That’s 60 years of songs that have defined our lives, reflecting the rich history of a nation. And we’re searching for The Nation’s Favourite Number One Single. In three primetime shows on ITV1, we’ll tell the stories of 60 unforgettable Number One singles. We’ll also talk to chart-topping artists to find out their favourite Number Ones across the generations – and find out from the hit makers what makes a great single. Plus we’ll reveal the results of an ITV viewers’ vote to determine which song can truly be called our greatest number one ever…”

Kate’s nomination for 1978 appears on the the 1970s shortlist page:

Kate Bush’s record company didn’t want to release this take on Emily Bronte’s gothic novel as her debut single – but Kate, who had written the song when she was just eighteen, dug her heels in. In so doing, ‘Wuthering Heights’ made her the first female to get to number one with her own composition.”

You can add your vote here.

About Peter

My Kate CV: Kate fan since 1978. Saw Tour of Life at the London Palladium 1979. Went to first KBC Convention 1980. Founded Homeground with Dave 1982. Worked on 1985, 1990, and 1994 Kate Bush Conventions, and the 1986 Video Party with Dave, Lisa of KBC and Krys. Appeared in videos for The Big Sky and Experiment IV. Wrote Introduction, Chronology and Discography for EMI Music Publishing's 1987 "Kate Bush Complete". Wrote the sleeve note for the remastered 1998 reissue of "Hounds of Love". Invited to write sleeve notes for other reissues which never happened. My other CV: born 1955 in Bermondsey London, educated at Galleywall Primary, Walworth Comprehensive, and London School of Economics BSc(Econ)(Hon) 1976. Currently an Officer of the Crown Court determining legal costs in crminal cases. Met Krys in 1982 through Homeground, we were engaged on Glastonbury Tor on Kate's birthday in 1983, and married in November 1984.
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1 Response to Kate on Shortlist for “The Nation’s Favourite No.1”

  1. Rod says:

    It is surprisingly difficult filling in 10 choices. I did go for Wuthering Heights as my number 1, but I do remember the group of us watching TOTPs together in a friend’s house (as we did then) the first time it was on the show, and it launched a massive debate about what we’d just seen. Funnily enough, my daughter had a similar reaction the first time she watched the Wuthering Heights video on Youtube not so very long ago; it is still that powerful and different.

    It kind of shocked me that I’ve avoided at least two well-loved songs that might have been shoe-ins on the grounds that they feel a little like cliches now, but Maggie May and Hey Jude and Whiter Shade of Pale still stand up and they were easy additions. Gangster’s Paradise had to go in but I struggled to find any good reason for anything newer. Might be my age, of course.

    Hopefully nobody with just put Wuthering Heights in every choice because that will probably void the effort. Being honest with the choices is rewarding and its also an excuse to run through some nice tunes.

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