In 1974, a Roman Catholic nun in Australia had a Top 10 multinational hit with a disco-pop song in which she sings the Lord's Prayer. Now that we have your attention, let's repeat that so you're sure you read it right: In 1974, a Roman Catholic nun
in Australia had a Top 10 multinational hit
with a disco-pop song
in which she sings the Lord's Prayer
. It's the kind of song story that makes us love our job here at Songfacts.
Oh, and she's not the first
nun on the Billboard chart; that honor goes to Sister Luc-Gabrielle, 1963, who hit #1 on the Hot 100 with "Dominique
Sister Janet Mead intertwined a music career with her church work, forming a rock band which performed a series of "rock masses" that she conducted at Adelaide Cathedral. She went pro about 1973, going to Sydney to record on a Festival Records contract. "The Lord's Prayer" was the idea of her producer, Martin Erdman. The single became the first Australian recording to sell over one million copies in the US. (Suck it, AC/DC!)