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Captain Tom Moore became the oldest person to have a # 1 single after his song with Michael Ball reached the top of the British charts.
The record was previously held by Tom Jones, who reached No. 1 with [Barry] Islands In The Stream was 68 years old in 2006, 32 years younger than Tom.
Captain Tom, who captured the heart of the nation with his bid for the National Health Service fundraiser, will remain in first place when he celebrates his 100th birthday on April 30 next week.
Field! Captain Tom Moore became the oldest person to have a # 1 single after his song with Michael Ball reached the top of the British charts
Captain Tom and Michael’s hit version of the Liverpool Football Club anthem You’ll Never Walk Alone has also become the best-selling single of 2020.
Their advance seemed to be threatened by The Weeknd, Drake and Dua Lipa, but The Weeknd supported the veteran in a tweet Thursday afternoon.
Abel Tesfaye – known as The Weeknd – tweeted his support for Captain Tom’s official offer to his 11.8 million followers, wishing him a happy birthday.
The former British army officer went on Twitter on Friday to share his gratitude to the 30-year-old Starboy hitmaker for supporting his song.
Number one! It’s also the first time Michael has managed to win a No. 1 single
Bravo Tom! Captain Tom Moore posing with his two certificates after breaking the record for the most money raised by the charity walk and becoming the oldest person to reach number one on the British charts
Marking the singer in his sweet message, Captain Tom, who has just received a Pride Of Britain Award, said: “My God, how gracious you are @theweeknd Benji tells me that you are rather talented and very popular! What a nice gesture. Thank you!’
Speaking from his home in Bedfordshire, where he lives with his daughter Hannah and his family, Captain Tom said: “What wonderful news to receive today, a # 1 bachelor and a record holder too – my little ones – children can not believe that I am a diagram -topper!
“I have to thank Michael Ball, the NHS Voices of Care Choir and everyone behind the scenes, who shared their talents and expertise to raise funds for the NHS, to whom we owe so much.
Super star: Captain Tom broke two huge records in a week
Success! Captain Tom and Michael’s hit version of the Liverpool Football Club anthem You’ll Never Walk Alone has also become the best-selling single of 2020
“And, of course, the audience who bought the single and donated – we are in the same boat, and I am always grateful for your support. And it just proves that you will never walk alone
It is also the first time that Michael has released a number 1 single after his song Love Changes Everything managed to reach number 2 in 1989.
Michael said: “This is the most extraordinary thing, one of the proudest moments of my career. But it’s not about me, it’s about Captain Tom, thanks for giving him # 1 for his 100th birthday!
Celebrate: Captain Tom, who captured the heart of the nation with his bid for the National Health Service fundraiser, will hold first place as he celebrates his 100th birthday on April 30 next week
Decca Records Group co-CEO Tom Lewis said of the triumph, “It has been the most incredible and exciting team effort.
“Everyone at Decca has completely fallen in love with Captain Tom. We thought we should do everything in our power to add a history of # 1 maps in the UK to its already extraordinary list of accomplishments.
“We are absolutely delighted for Captain Tom and also for Michael, who made his own record by winning his first single number 1. Special thanks must be addressed to Ste Softley, Phil Bowdery, Nick Patrick and Jim Hawkins who created and delivered the track in one day!
“We are routing for you!” The Heartless hitmaker on Thursday promoted the former armored warrior’s campaign to reach number one
Official Charts Company CEO Martin Talbot comments: “The sight of Captain Tom Moore and Michael Ball at the top of the table of official singles this week should lift everyone’s spirits in these extraordinary times.
“We are absolutely thrilled to see them at the top and set new milestones as they go – including a record as the number one longest-standing single artist of all time.
“It was a roller coaster week, starting with a big initial advance for Capt Tom, before The Weeknd narrowed the gap to almost nothing yesterday – before a massive push in Capt Tom’s last day. A big thank you to Weeknd for its support at the eleventh hour.
Sweet: Sharing his gratitude, Captain Tom told The Weeknd: “My God, how gracious you are @theweeknd Benji tells me that you are rather talented and very popular! “
Share his gratitude: The Weeknd was also delighted by Captain Tom, who replied, “Thank you, sir, and we all wish you a happy birthday. XO [sic] “
Narrow gap: musician’s blinding lights catch up with 99-year-old World War II veteran and Michael Ball cover of You Will Never Walk Alone (September 2018 photo)
“But it’s Captain Tom’s week – congratulations sir and happy birthday for next week. You are a hero to all.
Captain Tom started his walk (100 garden tours, 10 a day) less than four weeks ago with the initial goal of earning £ 1,000 for the NHS in time for his 100th birthday. He has now raised nearly £ 29 million.
You will never walk alone with Captain Tom Moore, Michael Ball and the NHS Voices of Care choir is now available on Decca Records
100% of the single’s proceeds will go to the 100th anniversary of Captain Tom Moore’s march for the benefit of NHS Charities Together, which supports the incredible NHS staff and volunteers who look after the patient COVID-19.
Milestone: Captain Tom to Receive Pride Of Britain Award, Largest Fundraising Event in JustGiving History