Music Box Dancer is a song from "Wiggledancing! Live in the USA".
This song was rehearsed for the Sailing Around the World tour.
In "Wiggledancing! Live in Concert", Sam plays the trumpet, adding to the music.
This song is performed by Greg with Anthony, Jeff, Murray, Dorothy the Dinosaur and Captain Feathersword with leaving Sam alone in Racing to the Rainbow.
Mills released an album in 1974 that featured "Music Box Dancer", but it was not a hit initially. When he re-signed with Polydor Records Canada in 1978, the label released a new song as a single, with "Music Box Dancer" on the B-side. The single was sent to easy-listening stations in Canada, but a copy was sent in error to CFRA-AM, a pop station in Ottawa. The program director played the A-side and could not figure out why it had been sent to his station, so he played the B-side to see if the record label had been mistakenly marked. He liked "Music Box Dancer" and added it to his station's playlist.
The song's success at CFRA was swift. "Music Box Dancer" premiered on CRFA's top 30 chart on May 5, 1978; by June 30, it was the number 1 song on the station's playlist. "Music Box Dancer" also began picking up play on other Canadian stations around this time, becoming a nationwide hit. Mills' album went gold in Canada, which, after several months, prompted Polydor in the US to release the album and single with the B-side, "The Poet and I".
The million-selling Gold-certified single reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1979 as well as #4 on the Billboard Easy Listening chart, while the album reached #21 on the Billboard Top Album chart and also went gold. Polydor awarded a gold record to TV station WNGE for breaking the single in the U.S.
It was Mills' only U.S. Top 40 pop hit; the follow-up, another piano instrumental titled "Peter Piper", peaked at #48 on the Billboard Hot 100, although it was a popular Top 10 hit on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. Mills managed one final Adult Contemporary chart entry, "Happy Song", which peaked at #41 at the beginning of 1981. Mills also released a version of Ricky Nelson's "Poor Little Fool" with substantial airplay in Ontario during the 70's and 80's.
The song was first heard in Sailing Around the World Live in 2005.
- Music: Frank Mills
- Lyrics: Greg Page
- Arrangement: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page
- Publisher: Hal Leonard
- Backing Vocals - Brett Clarke, Ryan DeSaulnier, Sam Moran
- Bass Guitar - Chris Lupton
- Electric Guitar - Murray Cook
- Acoustic Guitar - Anthony Field
- Drums - Derek Antunes
- Piano/Glockenspiel - Jeff Fatt
- Trumpet - Dominic Lindsay
- Violin - Maria Schattovits
- Viola - Angela Lindsay
- Cello - Margaret Lindsay