Churchill rocks UK from beyond the grave!
Winston Churchill has made pop music history from beyond the grave. He has become the first ever British Prime Minister to enter the UK pop music charts.music Updated: Oct 03, 2010 16:00 IST
Winston Churchill has made pop music history from beyond the grave. He has become the first ever British Prime Minister to enter the UK pop charts.
Churchill who inspired Britain to victory in the Second World War is also the oldest person to make the charts.
'Winnie' is one of the performers in Reach for the Skies, the official album of the Battle of Britain, which has soared to No.4 just one week after its release.
Released to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the battle, Reach For the Skies features the Central Band of the RAF and some of Churchill's most rousing speeches from 1940.The Few and Their Finest Hour are set against music for the first time.
The album also includes war classics such as the Dambusters March, Battle of Britain March and 633 Squadron. It is dedicated to The Few.
It has even outsold other new albums by pop and rock legends Eric Clapton, David Bowie and Neil Young.
"It is great that to a long list of Official Chart stars including Elvis, Madonna, Cliff and The Beatles, we can now add Winston Churchill,” Sky News quoted Official Charts Company managing director Martin Talbot as saying.
"It is also a tribute to the amazing sacrifices of our servicemen that the British public have bought this RAF album in such large numbers," Talbot added.
Dickon Stainer, president of record label Decca, added: "Churchill's speeches are as potent today as they were 70 years ago when they motivated the RAF to one of the greatest victories in British history."
First Published: Oct 03, 2010 15:02 IST