On this date in History .... 1963:
No one could have
predicted that a song about a Catholic saint, sung in French by a Belgium
nun could have become a U.S. hit. But “The
Singing Nun” did just that when her song “Dominique” hit #1 and stayed there
for four weeks, stopping (Click here to hear) the song "Louie Louie" from ever reaching the #1
After the Nov 22 death of John
Kennedy, radio pop stations were toning down the music they played in a period
of respect for the President. “Dominique”
arrived during this lull period in the music world and is the only Belgium song
to ever become a #1 hit single in the U.S.
Click here to play the song "Dominque"
However, after tasting “pop immortality”, the nun left the church to
pursue a singing career which did not take off as expected. In 1985, she committed suicide over a Belgium
Government bill for a royalties tax issue.
A semi-biographical movie was made in 1966 starring Debbie Reynolds.