Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Top of the Pops ... in Uruguay!

It's incredible, really. Top of the Pops reached many unexpected corners of the world - from Lebanon to Kenya to Uzbekistan - in fact we have identified more than two dozen different overseas territories in which this relatively modest budget series appeared, stretching from Australasia to North America, Africa and Europe.

And so to our latest pin in the Top of the Pops world map: Uruguay. A comparatively small state sandwiched between known Top of the Pops issuers, Brazil and Argentina, Uruguay becomes the third South American nation on our radar. (And that's not counting Mexico, which is geographically in North America.)

Here's our one and (so far) only Uruguayan release:

The record in question is a spin-off from the UK album, volume 32. The two tracks in question are "Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose" and "Alright, Alright, Alright".

The label is Odeon, an EMI imprint in use in South America. Which leads us neatly to a linked release - in all probability, the 'parent' release of this Uruguayan 45 - a single issued on EMI-Parlophone in Argentina:

It's basically the same coupling. Argentina was known to issue a good number of Top of the Pops records in the 70s, and this lone Uruguay single would appear to be a matching release - indeed, the Argentinian catalogue number (S 1856) is printed on the Uruguay single too.

In any case, finding yet another new country with a Top of the Pops release to its name is always a buzz. Here's hoping more will come along soon! (Peru, anyone?)

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