“Kayleigh” was a number two UK hit for neo-progressive rock band Marillion in 1985. It remains the group’s most successful single in terms of chart position. The single was kept from the UK Number 1 spot by charity single “You’ll Never Walk Alone” by supergroup The Crowd in the summer of 1985. It also made the top 10 in Ireland, Norway and France. “Kayleigh” is the band’s sole appearance on the USA’s Billboard Hot 100, hitting #74 in 1986.
The song received a great deal of media exposure in the UK. 41 Independent Local Radio stations in Britain had the track A-rated on their playlists and it became the most played single on BBC Radio 1. The band also made appearances on television shows such as Wogan and Top of the Pops. The song was also featured on the soundtrack of the video game Grand Theft Auto IV on the fictional in-game station “Vice City FM” and in the movie Late Night Shopping.
The promotional video for the single was shot in Berlin, where the Misplaced Childhood album was recorded, and featured Tamara Nowy, a German woman who subsequently married lead singer Fish, and Robert Mead, the boy portrayed on the sleeve of the album and the single. The song was performed by Fish at the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute at Wembley Stadium, with Midge Ure on guitar and Phil Collins on drums.
Reclaimed Cover mounted onto 9mm MDF
Silent Quartz sweep mechanism runs by 1.5 volt AA battery (supplied)
Front coated with resin to preserve the cover and easy cleaning.
Size 12.5 X 12.5 inches