Iconic Brit rocker scores first No.1 with new single on 85th birthday

Marty Wilde hit No.1 in the Heritage Charts on his 85th birthday with his new single Two Eyes Streaming.

Taken from his new EP of the same name, Marty  is the first ever artist to have had chart success over eight-decades and now prepares to take his No.1 hit on tour of the UK throughout the year.

“What a birthday present,” said Marty. “I’ve waited 89 decades to be No1. and now I top the charts a day before my 85th birthday!  I’m overwhelmed!”

“I make music because I love it, it brings me an overwhelming joy to sing and compose, and I write about subjects that touch my heart.  But to be No.1 in the Heritage Chart for this special birthday… well I’m speechless.  Thank you everyone. It means so much to me.”

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“Well what an honour to announce Marty Wilde as our No.1 chart topper this week,”  commented Mike Read.  “Over eight incredible decades of chart success, Marty Wilde has delivered music that resonates within the hearts of the nation, that’s why he’s a life-long chart icon.  Marty, it’s a pleasure and a joy to make you No.1 – Congratulations.  And never stop delivering the hits!”

Fellow British pop icons, Cliff Richard and Joe Brown, joined Read in congratulating Wilde.

“Mike Read tells me you’re No.1 on the Heritage Chart,” said Richard. “I’m so thrilled for you. My memories go back so far…as do yours. God bless you… it’s been good to know you all these years.”

Brown added: “I hear your song got to No.1. I think that’s absolutely fantastic. Keep the old flag flying!”

Marty Wilde scoops first No.1 on 85th birthday
Two Eyes Streaming EP is out now on Pushka Records/Right Track/Universal

Love Letter To The World

The new EP, Two Eyes Streaming, is Marty’s love letter to the world, touching on poignant moments of love across his 85 years.

A gentle down-tempo ballad,  the title single showcases Wilde’s distinct vocals, that fast became the trademark of his success, and paints the emotion of love from the perspective of a young five-year-old Marty, who’s missing his dad.

Other moments of love across the EP include Elvis – Marty’s heart-felt tribute to the star he desperately misses, and live versions of  Danny, the omitted King Creole track from Elvis and Running Together, the family song Marty recorded with his daughters Kim and Roxy Wilde, and released during lockdown.

The Two Eyes Streaming EP is out now on Pushka Records/Right Track/Universal. Buy here

From his teen heart-throb chart days of the 50s and 60s, and his song-writing success for the likes of Status Quo, Lulu, Snowpatrol, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones, right through to his pennings for Brit Award winning daughter, Kim throughout the 80s, Wilde landed a Top 10 in 2019 when his Dreamboats & Petticoats Presents: The Very Best of Marty Wilde reached No.7 in the UK album chart.

A stalwart within the industry, Wilde shows no sign of stopping any time soon as he embarks on a 21-date UK tour.

Greatest Hits Tour

27 April Blackheath Halls, London
04 May Marina Theatre, Lowestoft
11 May Chequer Mead Theatre, East Grinstead
16 May Pontins Holiday Park Sand Bay, Weston-super-Mare
17 May Sleaford and District Legionaires Club, Sleaford
24 May The Regent Christchurch, Christchurch
30 May Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford
16 June Warner Hotels – Lakeside, Hayling Island
05 July Princess Theatre, Hunstanton
06 September St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmout
07 September West Cliff Theatre, Clacton-On-Sea
21 September Middlesbrough Theatre, Middlesbrough
22 September Leeds Varieties, Leeds
05 October The Grand Burstin Hotel, Folkestone
06 October The Stables, Milton Keynes
20 October ‘An Evening With’ – The Radlett Centre, Radlett
01 November Witham Public Hall, Witham
07 November ‘An Evening With’ – The Lights, Andover
16 November Pontins Holiday Park Sand Bay, Weston-super-Mare
23 November Pontins Pakefield Holiday Park, Lowestoft
04 December The Tivoli, Wimborne

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