Sunday, April 14, 2024

Number 1 in UK on iTunes? “Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead”


It only costs 79 cents, and it only last 51 seconds. It’s not a long song, but it’s an old song. It’s sung by the Munchkins, recorded in 1938. But “Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead” is currently the number 1 track on iTunes in the U.K. This seems like an overreaction to the death of Margaret Thatcher, but nothing else will explain this odd turn of events. And it’s been number 1 for a day or more, so it’s not just a prank. The track comes from the soundtrack to “The Wizard of Oz.” Ah, the English have such an interesting sense of humor!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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