Peak UK Chart Position: #1 in September 1996.

Born in Harrow, London, but relocated to Sydney aged six, today sees the 44th birthday of Peter James Andrea – better known as Peter Andre. He was offered his first recording contract (worth $146,000) after appearing on Australian talent show New Faces aged just 16, and three years later scored a number three hit down under with “Gimme Little Sign”. He returned to live in the UK after scoring a number two hit (at the second attempt) with “Mysterious Girl” in 1996 – a track which would finally top the chart on its third release in 2004.

Quick facts:

  • “Flava” debuted at number one on the UK charts on 8th September 1996, displacing “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls after seven weeks on top.
  • It was his third top forty hit, and his first of three UK number ones. It would end up as the 33rd best selling single of 1996.
  • The track features a guest appearance by American rapper Cee.
  • Andre has scored a total of nine top ten hits in the UK – many possibly forgotten – including “All About Us” and “Natural” in 1997, “Kiss The Girl” in 1998, and “Insania” in 2004.
  • In June 2013, “Mysterious Girl” became the UK’s 135th million seller, with the most recent total sales reported at¬†1,030,000 copies.

Here, Dennis Pennis (remember him?) introduces Andre’s Top of the Pops performance from 14th September 1996 – a show that also featured Rocket From The Crypt, Skunk Anansie, and Deep Blue Something in the studio.

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