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article image'Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead' tops charts after Thatcher's death

By Mathew Wace Peck     Apr 10, 2013 in Entertainment
“Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead” is heading for the top of the UK music charts following the death of the former British prime minister, Margaret Thatcher.
Thatcher died earlier this week, of a stroke, while staying at London's Ritz hotel.
She has been unwell for some years and, in 2010, had to pull out of her own 85th birthday celebrations at Number 10 Downing Street, the official residence of the British prime minister
"Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead" first appeared nearly three quarters of a century ago, on the soundtrack of the Judy Garland film The Wizard of Oz.
Shortly after Thatcher's death was announced, a Facebook campaign – Make Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead number one the week Thatcher dies – was set up to get the song to Number 1.
Already, the Guardian reports that it has reached – rather appropriately, given where she resided for over a decade – Number 10 in the mid-week charts, with Britain's Official Charts Company saying that the song was approximately 5,000 sales away from a place in the top-three best-selling singles of the week!
While fans of Thatcher are mourning the the 87-year-old's death, many people who have no time for the one-time Tory leader have been celebrating.
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