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"Is This the Way to Amarillo" is a song written by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield, referring to Amarillo, Texas. It is about a man travelling to Amarillo to find his fiancĂ©e. The reason that Amarillo was chosen for the song was because it was the only place name that Sedaka could think of that rhymed with "willow" and "pillow". Musically, it is in the key of A major and in a time signature of 4/4 (common). Neil Sedaka 2005 Neil Sedaka (born March 13, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American pop singer, pianist, and songwriter often associated with the Brill Building. ... Howard Greenfield ( March 15, 1936 – March 4, 1986) is an American songwriter. ... Nickname: Location within the state of Texas Coordinates: , Country United States State Texas County Potter (and Randall) Government  - Mayor Debra McCartt Area  - City  90. ... Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ...


Although written by two Americans about an American city, the song became famous in the United Kingdom and around Europe, and remains generally unknown in the United States.


The song was recorded by Tony Christie and released in the UK in November 1971, initially reaching number 18 in the UK Singles Chart. However, it was a substantially bigger hit at that time across Continental Europe, notably in Germany and Spain where it made number one. In Germany, the song's chorus is widely adapted as a chant by football and hockey fans even today. Following its re-issue in 2005 - when it reached number one in the UK - the song gained even greater popularity. In 2006 it was played at the World Cup Final in Berlin and was also played by The Central Band of the Royal British Legion on Centre Court at Wimbledon before the start of the Men's Singles final. Tony Christie (born Antony Fitzgerald; April 25, 1943) is an English male singer from Conisbrough, South Yorkshire. ... The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ... Continental Europe, also referred to as mainland Europe or simply the Continent, is the continent of Europe, explicitly excluding European islands and, at times, peninsulas. ... The FIFA World Cup, sometimes called the Football World Cup or the Soccer World Cup, but usually referred to simply as the World Cup, is an international football competition contested by the mens national football teams of the member nations of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... The Championships, Wimbledon, commonly referred to as Wimbledon, is the oldest major championship in tennis and is widely considered to be the most prestigious. ...

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Cover versions, re-issues etc.

The Dutch singer Albert West covered the song in 2005, making the Dutch charts. After the successful re-release of the song in the UK, Tony Christie re-recorded it with the Hermes House Band; this version charted in Germany in 2005. The Hermes House Band (HHB) is an in 1982 established band of the student society Hermes in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. ...


Peter Kay

In 2002, Tony Christie's version was used in the British comedy series Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights. The song was re-released on 14 March 2005 to raise money for the Comic Relief charity, with an accompanying video where Peter Kay mimed the song accompanied by various celebrities including Shakin' Stevens, Shaun Ryder, Bez, Michael Parkinson, Heather Mills McCartney, Danny Baker, Ronnie Corbett, Mr Blobby, Jim Bowen, lookalikes of Cliff Richard and Mahatma Gandhi, William Roache, Anne Kirkbride, Jimmy Savile, Bernie Clifton, Keith Harris and Orville the duck, Sooty, Sweep, Brian May, Roger Taylor and Tony Christie himself. The video consists almost entirely of Kay walking towards the camera flanked by different pairings of the celebrities, in front of increasingly bizarre and unlikely backgrounds. This time the song reached number 1 in the UK chart and remained there for 7 weeks selling over a million copies, becoming the UK's best-selling single of 2005. The full cast from series one Peter Kays Phoenix Nights is a British sitcom about The Phoenix Club, a working mens club in the northern English town of Bolton, Lancashire. ... is the 73rd day of the year (74th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Comic relief is the inclusion of a humorous character or scene or witty dialogue in an otherwise serious work, often to relieve tension. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Shakin Stevens (born Michael Barrett, 4 March 1948) is a Welsh rock and roll singer born in Cardiff, who has the distinction of being the top selling UK singles artist of the 1980s. ... Shaun Ryder (aka X) (born Shaun William Ryder on August 23, 1962, in Little Hulton, Salford, Greater Manchester) is an English singer and songwriter and an ex postman who became famous in the Madchester era band Happy Mondays. ... Bez and maracas, freaky dancin at T in the Park. ... Michael Parkinson CBE (born 28 March 1935) is an English journalist and television presenter. ... Heather, Lady McCartney (born 12 January 1968 in Aldershot, Hampshire, England), usually known as Heather Mills or Heather Mills McCartney, is a campaigner on behalf of several causes, including amputees, the curtailment of land mines and animal rights. ... Danny Baker (Christened Danny and born June 22, 1957, Deptford, South London) is an English comedy writer, radio presenter and occasional television presenter. ... Ronnie Corbett in Extras Ronald Balfour Corbett, OBE (born 4 December 1930 in Edinburgh, commonly credited as Ronnie Corbett) is a British comedian and actor, best known as one of The Two Ronnies. ... Mr Blobby was created for Noels House Party in 1992. ... Jim Bowen (born James Brown-Whittaker in Padiham, Burnley, Lancashire, August 20, 1937) is an English stand-up comedian and TV personality. ... Sir Cliff Richard OBE (born Harry Rodger Webb on 14 October 1940) is an English singer, actor and businessman. ... Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Gujarati: , Hindi: , IAST: mohandās karamcand gāndhī, IPA: ) (October 2, 1869 – January 30, 1948), was a major political and spiritual leader of India and the Indian independence movement. ... William Roache, as Ken Barlow on Coronation Street, in a still from the first episode. ... Anne Kirkbride, in a still from an interview in 2000. ... Sir Jimmy Savile. ... Bernie Clifton (born in St Helens, Merseyside) is a British comedian and entertainer who appeared on the BBC television series Crackerjack with Michael Aspel, Peter Glaze, Don Maclean and Jan Hunt in the 1970s. ... Keith Harris with Orville Keith Harris (born 21 September 1947 in Lyndhurst, Hampshire) is an English ventriloquist who is known for his television show (which ran from 1982 till 1990), audio recordings and club appearances with his puppets Orville the Duck and Cuddles the Monkey. ... Orville with Keith Harris Orville the Duck is the puppet of ventriloquist Keith Harris and was named after Orville Wright, (one of the Wright Brothers). ... This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ... Sweep - a grey, glove puppet dog with long black ears - joined the Sooty show in 1957. ... Brian Harold May CBE (born July 19, 1947) is an English guitarist best known as the lead guitarist and backing (sometimes lead) vocalist for the English rock band Queen. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Tony Christie (born Antony Fitzgerald; April 25, 1943) is an English male singer from Conisbrough, South Yorkshire. ... This is a list of the best-selling singles in the UK singles chart for each year. ...


During its 2005 success the song was credited in chart rundowns and other media appearances to "Tony Christie featuring Peter Kay". However Kay does not appear on the record, since it is a re-issue of the 1971 version and not a re-recording.


BBC One's This Week used this parody of Kay's video, starring presenter Andrew Neil, for its opening titles in the run-up to the 2005 election. BBC One is the primary television channel of the BBC, and the first in the United Kingdom. ... This Week is a current affairs and politics TV programme on the BBC, screened on Thursday evenings, hosted by Andrew Neil alongside former Conservative MP Michael Portillo, and Labour MP Diane Abbott. ... Andrew Ferguson Neil (born May 21, 1949, Paisley) is a Scottish journalist and broadcaster. ... The United Kingdom general election of 2005 was held on Thursday, 5 May 2005. ...


On 13 May 2005, another spoof video of the song made by the Royal Dragoon Guards stationed in Iraq was emailed so frequently it crashed a server at the Ministry of Defence. The spoof was entitled "Is This The Way To Armadillo [sic]", and is visible here and here. The "Peter Kay" character is credited as "Lucky Pierre", a joke reference to three-in-a-bed gay sex. is the 133rd day of the year (134th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Royal Dragoon Guards is an armoured regiment of the British Army. ... The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is the United Kingdom government department responsible for implementation of government defence policy and the headquarters of the British Armed Forces. ... Staff Sergeant Roger Parr from the Dragoon Guards tank regiment, flanked by squadmates. ...


On 6 August 2006, Riverton Rover Crew also did an award winning spoof of the Tony Christie video available here. is the 218th day of the year (219th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On 2 July 2005, Peter Kay, joined by the crowd, sang an excerpt of this song a cappella, before introducing The Who at Live 8's London concert. is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A cappella music is vocal music or singing without instrumental accompaniment, or a piece intended to be performed in this way. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Official Live8 DVD, released in November 2005 Live 8 was a series of concurrent benefit concerts that took place on 2 July 2005, in the G8 states and in South Africa. ... The main Live 8 concert was held at Hyde Park, London, England on 2 July 2005, in front of over 200,000 people. ...


English football

The English Football team, Bolton Wanderers F.C. (Peter Kay's hometown club) have had Amarillo as their 'Goal' song since the 2004/05 Premier League season (although I Feel Good is still used on occasion). The song is also frequently used by Christie's local side, Doncaster Rovers F.C. A player (wearing the red kit) has penetrated the defence (in the white kit) and is taking a shot at goal. ... Bolton Wanderers Football Club (also known as The Trotters) are an English professional football club based in the Borough of Bolton, Greater Manchester, North West England. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Doncaster Rovers Football Club (or Donny as they are more commonly known) are an English professional football club, based at the Keepmoat Stadium in the town of Doncaster, South Yorkshire. ...


FC Amarillo is an English non league football team from Chelmsford, Essex, set up in November 2004 having heard the song on 'Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere' and wailing it to an 'impressed' Edinburgh public after a night out. A player (wearing the red kit) has penetrated the defence (in the white kit) and is taking a shot at goal. ... Chelmsford Borough Council Coat Of Arms Chelmsford is the county town of Essex, England. ... Essex is a county in the East of England. ... Max and Paddys Road to Nowhere is a British comedy television show on Channel 4 starring and written by Peter Kay and Patrick McGuinness. ...


Boxing

British boxer Amir Khan used the song when he was walking to the ring in his last amateur fight against Mario Kindelan which took place in Bolton. Amir Khan (born December 8, 1986) is a British boxer from Bolton, Greater Manchester, England. ... Mario César Kindelán Mesa (born 10 August 1971 in Holgu) is an amateur boxer from Cuba, in the lightweight category. ...


Darts

The PDC darts player Peter Manley uses this song since 2005 as his entrysong. PDC may stand for: Political parties: Parti Démocrate-Chrétien Suisse (Switzerland) Partido Demócrata Cristiano (Chile) Partido Demócrata Cristiano (El Salvador) Personal Digital Cellular, a Japanese mobile phone standard Programme Delivery Control, a standard to control video recorders using codes transmitted in the teletext service. ... A standard dart board. ... Peter Manley (born 7th March 1962) is a player for the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC). ...


Others

In the United States a version by Neil Sedaka made number 44 in the Billboard charts in 1977. On January 4, 1936, Billboard magazine published its first music hit parade and on July 20, 1940 the first Music Popularity Chart was calculated. ...


Other artists to have recorded the song include Daniel O'Donnell, Albert West, James Last, Joe Loss and his Orchestra, and the thrash metal band Brainstorm. Daniel Francis Noel ODonnell MBE (born December 12, 1961) is an Irish singer from County Donegal. ... James Last 2006 James Last together with fan Guenter Krueger from Berlin James Last (born Hans Last on April 17, 1929 in Bremen) is a German composer and big band leader with a large fan base in Europe and world-wide. ... Joshua Alexander Loss or Joe Loss, musician, born 22 June 1909 in Bishopsgate, London. ... Thrash metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music, one of the extreme metal subgenres that is characterised by its signature high speed and aggression. ... Brainstorm is a power/thrash metal band from Germany, formed in 1990. ...


A spoof version "Is This The Way To Santa's Grotto?" was a Christmas UK Top 40 hit in 2005, and Christie himself re-recorded the song as "Is This The Way To The World Cup?" to coincide with England's World Cup campaign in 2006. This version reached #8 in the UK charts. The FIFA World Cup, sometimes called the Football World Cup or the Soccer World Cup, but usually referred to simply as the World Cup, is an international football competition contested by the mens national football teams of the member nations of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA...


Another spoof version, "Is This the Way to Aberystwyth", is sung by Welsh singer Aled Jones and is about the coastal Welsh town of Aberystwyth. There is both an English and a Welsh version. Is this the way to Aberystwyth was written and sung by Aled Jones, a Welsh pop-singer, and is a parody of (and has the same tune as) the famous and very popular song, Is this the way to Amarillo. The Words Sha la la la la la la la... Aberystwyth (IPA: , South Welsh: ) (in English: Mouth of the Ystwyth) is a historic market town, administrative centre and holiday resort within Ceredigion, Wales. ...

Preceded by
"All About You/You've Got a Friend" by McFly
UK number one single
March 26, 2005 - May 13, 2005
Succeeded by
"Lonely" by Akon

To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... McFly are an English pop rock band who were successfully launched into the music scene in early 2004 with their number one single, 5 Colours in Her Hair. The band was founded by Tom Fletcher (born July 17, 1985) and also consists of Danny Jones (born March 12, 1986), Dougie... March 26 is the 85th day of the year (86th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 133rd day of the year (134th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lonely is a single by Senegalese singer Akon, it appears on his debut album, Trouble. ... Kishan Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Badara Akon Thiam,[1][2] often going by the shorter Aliaune Thiam[3] (born October 14, 1981),[4] and better known by his stage name Akon, is an American R&B singer, rapper, songwriter, record producer, and record executive. ...

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Is This the Way to Amarillo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (717 words)
"Is This the Way to Amarillo" is a song written by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield, referring to Amarillo, Texas.
The song is also frequently used by Christie's local side, Doncaster Rovers F.C. FC Amarillo is an English non league football team from Chelmsford, Essex, set up in November 2004 having heard the song on 'Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere' and wailing it to an 'impressed' Edinburgh public after a night out.
A spoof version "Is This The Way To Santa's Grotto?" was a Christmas UK Top 40 hit in 2005, and Christie himself re-recorded the song as "Is This The Way To The World Cup?" to coincide with England's World Cup campaign in 2006.
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