Thursday, March 17, 2005

‘Shaddap You Face’ Celebrates 25th Anniversary

MELBOURNE, Australia (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Here’s proof time flies: This year marks the 25th anniversary of “Shaddap You Face,” one of the biggest novelty hits ever recorded.

The tune, which concerned an Italian guy discussing his mother’s child-rearing methods, was a worldwide hit for songwriter Joe Dolce, selling nearly 3 million copies.

It’s held the record for best-selling Australian song ever since and has been recorded by 35 artists in nearly every language possible.

These days, Dolce is proud of the tune but makes the analogy of his song to “if people only knew the Beatles by ‘Yellow Submarine.”’ He hopes this is the year that fans of “Shaddap You Face” discover his other works, such as his new CD, Free Love Days, and his upcoming album of songs inspired by Greek poets.

But Dolce has big plans to celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Shaddap You Face.” He’s planning on recording a version of the song in aboriginal Australian and is working with a pastry chef to create a special dessert called “La Gran Dolce.”

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