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Winchester Cathedral by New Vaudeville Band

Album: Funny FavoritesReleased: 1966Charted:
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  • The New Vaudeville Band is the creation of the British songwriter and record producer Geoff Stephens, who arranged this to sound like Rudy Vallee's vaudeville hits in the 1930s. Stephens sang it through a megaphone to help create the sound. The song became a surprise novelty hit - Stephens' only chart entry in the US, but one of 4 to crack the UK Top 40.
  • Winchester Cathedral is in Hampshire, England, and is one of the largest cathedrals in the world. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 2)
  • Artists to cover this song include Petula Clark, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Conniff, Frank Sinatra and Lawrence Welk.
  • Stephens was inspired to write this song after staring at a picture of Winchester Cathedral on his calendar.
  • This won the 1966 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Rock & Roll Recording.
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Comments: 5

On October 30th 1966, "Winchester Cathedral" by Dana Rollin entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #98; it remained on the chart for a grand total of six weeks, peaking at #71...
And on week it entered the Top 100 the New Vaudeville Band's version was at #24 on the Top 100; and four weeks later it would peak at #1.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
It means the memory of someone who got jilted at the alter.Jim - West Palm Beach, Fl
What does this song mean?Bryan - Eveleth, Mn
On December 3rd, 1966 "Winchester Cathedral" became No. 1 for one week, then "Good Vibrations" by The Beach Boys took over the top spot for one week. But The New Vaudeville Band reclaimed No. 1 and held it for two more weeks!!! {Was No. 1 for three weeks and 15 weeks in the Top 100}Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
The Bands Manager Peter Grant also managed Led Zeppelin in the late 60s-70s era...Rob - Amsterdam, Ny