To Sir With Love – Lulu | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#1 for 5 weeks); 1967

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

By age 16 Glasgow’s Marie Lawrie was riding high as Lulu and the Luvvers – a name that came from Marie’s manager who referred to her as “a real lulu of a kid” – with a raucous cover of the Isley Brothers‘ classic rave-up, Shout.

Here Comes The Night, a big ballad version of the tune that would catapult Them featuring Van Morrison to fame, followed along with a role in a laughable British sci-fi film called Gonks Go Beat.

In the spring of ’67 Lulu took Neil Diamond’s The Boat That I Row into the British Top 10. Her U.S. label released it as well, with To Sir With Love, from the Sidney Poitier movie of the same name, on the flip side.

Lulu’s performance on record and on screen powered it to #1. Oddly, Sir, the recording, was not released in England. Lulu, the songwriter, appeared on the chart again in 1993 as co-writer of Tina Turner’s I Don’t Wanna Fight.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2024 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Mickie Most

Lyrics Written by:

  • Don Black