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"Goodness Gracious Me" is a comedy song recorded by Peter Sellers and Sophia Loren, and was a top 5 UK single in 1960. It features Sellers acting the role of an Indian doctor, and Loren of his wealthy Italian patient – who fall in love.


1 Conception and composition 2 Release history 3 In popular culture 4 References

Conception and composition[]

The song was conceived and instigated by George Martin, who was the producer at that time of Peter Sellers' comedy recordings. Martin commissioned David Lee and Herbert Kretzmer to write the song. Martin himself produced the recording. Martin envisioned the song as a recording to be incorporated in the soundtrack of the film The Millionairess which was being filmed at that time starring Sellers and Loren. However, the film's producers did not share his enthusiasm for including the song in the film's soundtrack and did not utilize it. The studio was however happy to see the song released as a stand-alone single to promote the film. In becoming a chart hit[1] it succeeded in publicizing the film.

Release history[]

Though the song did not feature in The Millionairess itself, some of the lyrics in the song refer to the film; for example, "There's nothing the matter with it; put it away please" referring to the scene when Epifania shows Dr. Kabir her tongue, pretending to be ill.

The song proved so popular in the United Kingdom that a follow-up song, "Bangers and Mash", was released. Sellers sang and spoke the part of a Cockney asking for plain English cooking, Loren singing the part of his Italian wife wanting to serve him Italian food. Both are featured on collections of Sellers' comedy recordings.

Since early 2010, videos have been created and posted using the scene of Sellers and Loren from the film, with the audio recording of the song as the soundtrack.[2]

In popular culture[]

In 1979, heart transplant pioneer, Christiaan Barnard and Australian actress, Chantal Contouri, performed the song together as part of Channel 7 Perth's annual Telethon.[3]

In the 1990s, the song provided the inspiration for the title and theme tune of the BBC radio and TV comedy programme of the same name, starring British-based Indian characters.

In February 2013, the song was covered by Rowan Atkinson and Pixie Lott for a one off telethon From the Heart.[4][5]


1.Jump up ^ "1960-12-03 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive". Official Charts. 1960-12-03. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 2.Jump up ^ YouTube video showing Sophia Loren and Peter Sellers in character with the song as soundtrack seen 11th October 2016 3.Jump up ^ "The Golden Years of TVW". Retrieved 2016-03-01. 4.Jump up ^ Alex Fletcher, Rowan Atkinson and Pixie Lott get saucy for 'From The Heart',, Wednesday, Feb 13 2013 5.Jump up ^ YouTube recording of the Atkinson-Lott performance