April 8, 2013 19:50

Campaign to make 'Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead' Number One after Margaret Thatcher's death

The Facebook campaign is encouraging people to buy the song made famous in 'The Wizard Of Oz'

Campaign to make 'Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead' Number One after Margaret Thatcher's death

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A Facebook campaign to make 'Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead' Number One in the Official UK Singles Chart has been set up following the death of Margaret Thatcher.

The song was written by EY Harburg and composed by Harold Arlen and originally featured in the 1939 film The Wizard Of Oz where it was sung by Judy Garland.

However, the 'Make "Ding dong the witch is dead" number 1 the week Thatcher dies' campaign is encouraging people to buy the Ella Fitzgerald version of the song. Contrary to popular belief, the Judy Garland version of the song is not too short to be chart eligible with the Official Chart Company stating that: "Three versions of the song are currently figuring in the Top 200 – Judy Garland’s version at 54, Ella Fitzgerald’s 1961 cover is at 146 and the Munchkins' version at 183."

The Chart Company also revealed that, "If the sales of all three were combined, the song would be in 40th place today, with almost 2,500 sales combined – but the leading contender by Judy Garland is likely to move into the Official Singles Chart Top 40 in its own right by Sunday if it maintains its current momentum."

The music world reacted with a mixture of jubilation and commiseration following the death of Thatcher earlier today (April 8).

Among the stars of the music world to pay tribute on Twitter to the former Prime Minister were One Direction member Harry Styles and former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, who stated: "Thinking of our 1st Lady of girl power, Margaret Thatcher, a green grocer's daughter who taught me anything is possible."

Members of the indie-rock world were less congratulatory, however, with Blood Red Shoes asking, "Where's the party?" and North-East based band Frankie & The Heartstrings stating simply: "Cunt's dead."

Lady Thatcher died at the Ritz hotel in London at around 11am [BST] today after suffering a stroke.

Scroll down to see a collection of tweets about Margaret Thatcher.



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