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19 was a 1985 single by the English singer Paul Hardcastle, with a piece of dialogue pronunciation by Peter Thomas. The song is about the American involvement in theViet Nam war and its impact on the serving soldiers. 19 contains samples of dialogue and news reports from the ABCViet Nam Requiem, documentary about post-traumatic stress disorder that occurs in Veterans of the Viet Nam war. 19 the title stems from the claim in the documentary that the average age of an American soldier in that war was nineteen, as compared to the Second World War, in which the average age was twenty-six. This claim has since been disputed. [1Undisputed statistics do not exist, but the Southeast Asia Combat Area Casualties Current File (CACCF), the source of the Viet Nam Veterans Memorial, let see a disproportionate number of deaths (38%) that were 19 or 20. According to this same source, the average age at the time of death was twenty-three. [2]

The single was number 1 in 13 countries, aided by the fact that there are versions of the song were recorded in German, French, Spanish and Japanese. The number in the United Kingdom received an Ivor Novello Award for the best-selling single of 1985. Hardcastle is later summoned by ABC for the improper use of samples from the documentary.

TriviaEdit

  • After the single went to number 1 in the United Kingdom, called record and television producer Simon Fuller his management company 19 Entertainment (he was the one who showed signs at Hardcastle Chrysalis Records).
  • Mike Oldfield claimed that a melodic element of 19 Hardcastle had copied from a part of his album Tubular Bells; It is later come to a settlement.

Chart PositionsEdit

"19" in the Dutch Top 40 - inside: 18-05-1985
Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Number 40 24 13 4 3 2 1 1 1 2 2 4 6 13 19 from
"19" in the Dutch Single Top 100 - inside: 25-05-1985
Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Number 34 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 4 6 14 19 30 46 from

Radio 2 Top 2000Edit

Number (s) with markings

in the Radio 2 Top 2000

' 99 ' 00 ' 01 ' 02 ' 03 ' 04 ' 05 ' 06 ' 07 ' 08 ' 09 ' 10 ' 11 ' 12 ' 13
19 - 1343 1564 - - - - - - - - - - 1868
Predecessor:

Dancing in the Dark by Bruce Springsteen

Dutch Top 40 number-one single

29 June - 19 July 1985 3 weeks

Successor:

I'm On Fire by Bruce Springsteen

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