Sorrow – David Bowie

David Bowie occupied the UK top 10 for five weeks in 1973 with this track.

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This week in 1973, Sorrow by David Bowie was at its highest position of number 3 in the UK singles chart for the second of two weeks. It had entered the top 40 three weeks previously at number 16 and broke into the top 10 a week later. After falling from its peak position, the song spent another two weeks in the top 10 and then dropped into the lower top 40 for three weeks. After a two weeks absence from the chart, due to only the top 30 positions being published, the record returned to the top 40 for a final three weeks.

Sorrow was released on the RCA record label and was the seventh UK top 10 hit for David Bowie. It was taken from the gold-selling album Pin-ups, which spent five weeks at the top of the UK album chart. The single was certified silver.

Sorrow, like all the tracks on the Pin-ups album, was a cover version. The first version of the song was recorded by the McCoys in 1965 but it did not enter the UK chart. A year later, in 1966, a version by the Merseys did enter the top 40, peaking at number 4.

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UK singles chart for the week ending 10 November 1973

  1. Daydreamer / The puppy songDavid Cassidy

  2. Let me inOsmonds

  3. SorrowDavid Bowie

  4. Dyna-miteMud

  5. Top of the worldCarpenters

  6. Eye levelSimon Park Orchestra

  7. CarolineStatus Quo

  8. Ghetto childDetroit Spinners

  9. For the good timesPerry Como

  10. Goodbye yellow brick roadElton John

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