Mack the Knife

Mack the Knife by Bobby Darin was a UK number 1 hit on Friday, October 16, 1959 spending 2 week(s) at the top of the UK charts. Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht wrote this song in 1928 for the German play The Threepenny Opera. Darin decided to perform this song when he saw a production of The Threepenny Opera in Greenwich Village in 1958. He thought up his own way of presenting the song, and started performing it in his nightclub act, where it was well received. Darin's biggest hit, this song spent nine weeks atop the Hot 100. This won Record of the Year at the second Grammy Awards in 1959. This was the first time the Grammys were televised, and back then the ceremonies took place in November or December instead of February, so when Darin performed this song on the November 29 show and took the award, the song was still at #1 in America. Darin also won for Best New Artist at the ceremonies. The Threepenny Opera was still playing in New York at the time as well.

Mack the Knife FAQs

Who sang Mack the Knife?

Mack the Knife was performed by Bobby Darin

What year did Mack the Knife get to the UK number 1 spot?

Mack the Knife first became a UK number 1 on Friday, October 16, 1959

How long was Mack the Knife at number 1 in the UK?

Mack the Knife spent 2 week(s) at number 1 in the UK.