1977 Song ‘Uptown Top Ranking’ Has Made Certified Silver In The U.K. 33 Years After Its’ Release

Music For Monday: Althea & Donna, 'Uptown Top Ranking' (1977) | Bionic DiscoUptown Top Ranking, a massive hit for schoolgirl duo Althea and Donna in the late 1970s, has been certified silver in the United Kingdom by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

It was certified for digital sales of more than 200,000 copies in the United Kingdom on October 16. The song was released digitally in 2005, 28 years after it was first released on vinyl.

Neither Althea (Althea Forrest) nor Donna (Donna Reid) was aware of the song’s certification when contacted yesterday by the Jamaica Observer.

“It is an honour and a blessing at this stage of our lives to have this achievement. We are humbled by this milestone. We are also grateful to all the persons that were a part of our journey when we started out singing outside on the sidewalk and Jacob Miller, bless his memory, who took us into the studio. My dad, who had to come on tour with us, as we were underage at the time. The love of our family and friends and their support cannot be overlooked,” said Donna.

Uptown Top Ranking Archives - Past Daily: News, History, Music And An  Enormous Sound Archive.Joe Gibbs produced Uptown Top Ranking. It was the girls’ response to Trinity’s Three Piece Suit, which was a hit in 1977. The same beat had Marcia Aitken’s cover of Alton Ellis’s I’m Still in Love with You.

The song topped the RJR and JBC radio charts for multiple weeks in 1977. Uptown Top Ranking, thanks to support by BBC Radio 1 disc jockey John Peel, took off in the United Kingdom and topped the British national chart in February 1978. They are still the youngest female duo to have a number one record in the United Kingdom.

Donna said they knew the song would endure.

Source: Silver belles

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