Lily the Pink

Lily the Pink by The Scaffold was a UK number 1 hit on Wednesday, January 8, 1969 spending 1 week(s) at the top of the UK charts. This was based on a bawdy folk song called "The Ballad of Lydia Pinkham," which was traditionally sung in changing rooms by rugby teams after matches. The trio wrote new lyrics for the tune; "Jennifer Eccles and her terrible freckles" were added because Graham Nash joined them in the studios at Abbey Road to contribute some backing vocals and the lyric alluded to Nash's band, The Hollies', hit "Jennifer Eccles." The verse about "Mr Frears and his sticky-out ears" related to film director Stephen Frears who in his younger days nearly destroyed the trio's career with his inept directing of their comedy pieces during a tour. Scaffold extracted revenge by writing about his "sticky-out ears." Frears went on to have a successful career, which included two Oscar nominations for Best Director, (1990 The Grifters and 2006 The Queen).

Lily the Pink FAQs

Who sang Lily the Pink?

Lily the Pink was performed by The Scaffold

What year did Lily the Pink get to the UK number 1 spot?

Lily the Pink first became a UK number 1 on Wednesday, January 8, 1969

How long was Lily the Pink at number 1 in the UK?

Lily the Pink spent 1 week(s) at number 1 in the UK.