"Tears" ("Tears for Souvenirs") is a song written by lyricist Frank Capano and composer Billy Uhr, and was first recorded by Rudy Vallee in 1929. It was made famous by Ken Dodd as a single, released in 1965. It became a #1 hit in the UK Singles Chart and the biggest selling single of 1965. The song also hit number one in Ireland.
Although best known as a comedian, Ken Dodd was a prolific recording artist throughout the 1960s. His debut single, "Love is like a Violin" reached #8 in 1960. There were 9 more singles, none of which made the top 20, between then and "Tears".
The single spent 24 weeks in total on the chart, with 5 at number 1. It sold over a million copies in the UK, becoming the biggest-selling single of 1965, and was the third biggest-selling single of the 1960s. In 2002 it was listed as the UK's 19th best-selling single of all time, with sales of 1,521,000.
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