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ITSY BITSY TEENY WEENY YELLOW POLKA DOT BIKINI

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...and here it is.  The cover of the anthem of Summer 1990

Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny yellow Polka Dot Bikini was No.1 around the World in the summer of 1990. Released under the name of Bombalurina (one of the cats in the stage show CATS) Timmy recorded this after a meeting with Andrew Lloyd Webber, at his house in late May.
"Normally I just hit people on the head!" explained Timmy before agreeing to sing a demo of the song.
So the follwing day, (Wednesday May 30th) after appearing live on Wacaday, Timmy turned up at Nigel Wright's Scratch studios in Chertsey and spent a brilliant afternoon being a pop star!

Andrew Lloyd Webber was delighted and the song went into secret production as Carpet Records first release through Polygram.

Timmy went off on a five week filming trip to Crete, Russia and Norway taking with him a cassette version of the song. In fact the first play of the song was in a nightclub in Malia on Crete where it brought the house down, and the DJ begged to be allowed to keep it.
"You might have a hit on your hands here, Timmy" said the director.

In Mid July the record hit the charts, Princess Diana was photographed in a bikini and the subsequent Sun headline was "Itsy Bitsy Di's a dream in her bikini!"

That and a front page TV Times did wonders for the record's promotion. It caught the public mood, was heavily played across Europe and at the end of July Timmy appeared on Top of the Pops as the first act in a then rare live show.

The two Itsy bitsy girls Dawn Andrews and Annie Dunkley were the best session dancers around and were chosen by the choreographer Arlene Phillips. Madonna's Vogue was the style for the dance routine and Timmy and the girls spent busy days rehearsing at London's Pineapple studios. (Dawn was later to marry Take That's Gary Barlow and Annie appeared as the blonde in the Thelma and Lousie car ads)

The video was shot in a garage in North london were they recreated a fake beach and were made the front cover of Smash Hits.



Itsy bitsy entered the charts at 25, up to 13, then to 3 and finally number 1 on August 19th 1990.

Promotions followed on the Radio 1 roadshow, and around the country. The day they hit No.1 Andrew threw a huge party at his Berkshire mansion and they all listened to Bruno Brookes Radio 1 chart rundown. The following morning Chris Evans turned up on Timmy's doorstep with a bottle of champage at dawn as Timmy was leaving for the Wacaday studio....

The Top of the Pops was a massive celebration. Jealous looks from the Human League and Beats International couldn't spoil the moment. "No one can take away from you the fact you are Number 1" said Duran Duran's Simon le Bon.

But the best was still to come. On September 8th at Wye in Kent, still top of the charts, Timmy married Lynda Bingham.

"I may be number 1" said Timmy "But it's nothing compared to being married to the number 1 girl in the world!"

And the wedding had been planned months before any of the Itsy Bitsy whirlwind had even been thought of....

There was a specially recorded version of the chorus done for Timmy's pantomime song sheet. Listen to it here.
panto Itsy Bitsy chorus

ITSY BITSY IDENTITY!

Itsy Bitsy songwriter hasn't died! Timmy talks about mistaken identity and the trouble it causes !!!

3 mins


Itsy Bitsy reunion 2010

Contac Timmy via:
John Miles Organisation
Tel: 01275 854675 / 856770
Fax: 01275 810186
Cadbury Camp Lane, Clapton in Gordano, Bristol, BS20 7SB
E-mail: mandy@johnmiles.org.uk

The all important artists pass to get on Top of the Pops!

The record got a variety of comments! Another cartoon in the Evening Standard


On the beach in Crete, Timmy modelled for some publicity shots...

ITSY BITSY IDENTITY!

Itsy Bitsy songwriter hasn't died! Timmy talks about mistaken identity and the trouble it causes !!!

3 mins

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