Wasn't the theme song for this show on the top 40 hits for a while?share
Hi thundercloud47 yes it was as i remember my mother buying the 45 Rpm single for me around 1963. I wish i still had it around that would bring back memories especially of my dad cracking up as i would'nt stop playing it..share
There are a number of different versions (the original tv theme, the 45 version with the extra verse, a couple of different covers) on YouTube, it's easy to find. I don't know how hard it would be to locate it on vinyl, thoughshare
Tom Hanks also used it to marvelous effect in his HBO series "From the Earth to the Moon".....share
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The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson used this song last night to open the show. Craig and the crew (including puppets) have lip synched to songs on a regular basis.
Check it out:
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This full-length version with additional verses (establishing the song's scenario is just a daydream) was later recorded and released on a single by HMV in 1963. The song entered the UK charts on March 21st, 1963, and stayed there for 12 weeks, reaching No 32 at its peak.
Respectable for a child's television theme. I expect someday they'll find a lost Beatles tape of them singing Fireball. Probably with Paul on lead.
There is a Barry Gray compilation CD that has like all the stuff he did for Gerry Anderson shows on there, you can find it on there along with a ton of other good stuff. I don't know if anyone has actually "covered" the song, but it wouldn't surprise me.
One interesting piece of trivia - Don Spencer, who provides the vocals on the song, is the father-in-law of actor Russell Crowe.
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It was covered, enjoyably, years go by XTC.
It was covered very irritatingly by Bob Downe:
and somebody called the Flee-Rekkers:
and The Slingsby Hornets:
and then theres Dominic Halpin & the Honey B's , that's a good one
It's my cellphone ringtone for my alarm.
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