Johnny Wakelin - In Zaire (TopPop)

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Broadcast date: 1976/9/11 

Johnny Wakelin (born 1939 in Brighton, Sussex, England) is an English recording artist with the Pye Records label.

He had his first outings in clubs in his hometown but without big success. Discovered by Pye record producer Robin Blanchflower, the man who launched Carl Douglas to the top of the charts with "Kung Fu Fighting", and working with Steve Elson and Keith Rossiter in addition to Branchflower, Wakelin set about writing songs that would, he hoped, "catch people's eye"

Then he got the idea of writing a homage to the boxing champion Muhammad Ali who fought on 30 October 1974 in Kinshasa against George Foreman in a matchup known as The Rumble in the Jungle, gaining victory in the eighth round. "In Zaire" was a big success in 1976, and reached the charts in many parts of Europe, with the chorus "And who was the victor in the night? Elijah Mohammed's boy Ali won the fight."

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