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Single by Ken Dodd
from the album Tears of Happiness
B-side "You and I"
Released August 1965
Format 7", 45rpm
Genre Easy listening
Length 2:52
Label Columbia DB 7659
Writer(s) Capano/Uhr
Ken Dodd singles chronology
"So Deep is the Night"
"The River"

"Tears" is a song written by lyricist Frank Capano and composer Billy Uhr in the 1930s[1][2]. It was recorded as a single by Ken Dodd, which was released in 1965. It became a #1 hit in the UK Singles Chart and the biggest selling single of 1965.

Although best known as a comedian, Ken Dodd had been a prolific recording artist throughout the 1960s. His debut single, "Love is like a Violin" had reached #8 in 1960, but there had been a further 9 singles, none of which had made the top 20, between then and "Tears"[3].

The single spent 24 weeks in total on the chart, with 5 at number 1. It sold over a million copies in the UK becoming one of the biggest selling British singles of all time (In 2002 it was listed as the 19th best selling of all time with sales of 1,521,000[4]).


  1. ^ Tears at, retrieved March 17, 2009.
  2. ^ Tears on the ASCAP website, retrieved March 18, 2009
  3. ^ Ken Dodd discography at, retrieved March 3, 2009.
  4. ^ The UK's Best Selling Singles at, retrieved March 3, 2009.
Preceded by
"Make It Easy on Yourself" by The Walker Brothers
UK number one single (by Ken Dodd)
September 30, 1965 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Get off of My Cloud" by The Rolling Stones


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