"Johnny and Mary" is a song written by Robert Palmer and was recorded in 1980 at Compass Point StudiosNew Providence, in the Bahamas. The song was featured on Palmer's album Clues (1980). "Johnny and Mary" only went to #44 on the UK Singles Chart,[2] but did reach #18 on Billboard's Club Play Singles chart.[3] In Germany, it peaked at #7 on the singles chart and spent a total of 23 weeks in the Top 20.[4][5]

"Johnny and Mary" was used as the signature tune in advertisements promoting Renault cars throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Early adverts used Palmer's original version, while a range of special recordings in different styles were produced during the 1990s; most famously Martin Taylor's acoustic interpretation which he released on his album Spirit of Django. Taylor recorded alternate versions for Renault; the last being in 1998 for the launch of the all-new Renault Clio.

Allmusic suggests that "Johnny and Mary" was the inspiration for Rod Stewart's later hit "Young Turks".

Chart (1980-1981) Peak


Australia (Kent Music Report)[6] 20
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[7] 10
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[8] 8
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[9] 6
Canada (RPM 50 Singles)[10] 32
France (SNEP)[11] 2
Germany (Media Control AG)[12] 7
Italy (FIMI)[13] 5
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[14] 21
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[15] 27
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[16] 12
South African Chart[17] 5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[18] 11
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[19] 5
UK (Official Charts Company)[20] 44
US BillboardHot Dance Club Play[3] 18

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