First Hit #1: February 10, 1968
Here, with the strangest route to the number one position on the chart, is Love is Blue, and instrumental cover of a Eurovision finalist from Luxembourg – the land of my mothers! – which didn’t win. In other words, a song that isn’t an obvious choice to catch on with the record buying public. But it did, and it’s because while instrumentals are increasingly rare on the charts, a well chosen one can sometimes say a lot more than most pop songs can with all the lyrics in the world. Love is Blue is frequently interesting, always compelling and says everything about love being slightly sad that needs to be said. I’m not sure the lyrics are really necessary here, because it just doesn’t lack anything in the transition to an instrumental piece. It’s just an interesting song all around, and an unexpected but more than welcome hit.