Saturday Night

Album: Whigfield (1994)
Charted: 1

Songfacts®:

  • When this song went straight in at #1 on the UK charts, Whigfield became the first female artist to go directly to #1 in the UK with a debut single. In its first week it sold more copies in the UK than any single since Band Aid. It became the third million seller by a woman in Britain.
  • This was originally a big hit for Danish born Whigfield on continental Europe, topping the Spanish charts for 11 weeks in the summer of 1994. UK holidaymakers heard it while on vacation on the continent that summer and created a buzz for it back home. The easy to learn dance that went with it in the clubs also helped sell this song. It went on to sell over 2 million copies worldwide.
  • This was written and produced by two Italians, Larry Pignagnoli and Davide Riva, who have worked on a variety of Eurodance projects. They were sued by the publishers of The Equals "Rub A Dub Dub" and Lindisfarne's "Fog On The Tyne" for plagiarism, but neither claim succeeded. However when the writers of Whigfield's follow up single "Another Day" were sued for similarities to Mungo Jerry's hit, "In The Summertime," Mungo Jerry were awarded part of the royalties in an out of court settlement.
  • Whigfield's real name is Sannie Charlotte Carlson. She was taught how to play the piano by a teacher called Whigfield, and she began to record under that name as a way of saying thanks. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above

Comments: 1

  • Kevin from Birmingham, United KingdomThis song gets played a lot on holiday camps like the nightclubs
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