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Saturday 19 April 2014

One million 'Fairytale' comes true for Pogues

HE was the manager who told his band to write a Christmas song. And 25 years later Dubliner Frank Murray is celebrating after 'Fairytale Of New York' by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl reached one million sales.

Having made the top 20 every Christmas for eight years, the 25th anniversary of its release has seen sales reach seven-figures as the perennial Christmas favourite peaked at number 12 in the UK charts.

And it is one of just 126 singles to reach the million mark.

"I wanted them to do a Christmas single. I'm just glad The Pogues listened back then and I'm amazed it's still selling 25 years later," Frank Murray told the Irish Independent.

However, the music veteran, who also managed MacColl, said the single would always be associated with a "certain sadness" due to the tragic death of the singer in a boat accident in Mexico aged 41 in 2001.

"Kirsty brought something wonderful to the song along with her husband Steve Lillywhite who produced it, Fiachra Trench who arranged the strings, Siobhan Sheahan who played the harp, and The Pogues themselves," said Mr Murray.

Irish Independent

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