Kinky Boots (song)

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"Kinky Boots" is a 1960s song written by Herbert Kretzmer and David Lee, and recorded by Patrick Macnee and Honor Blackman, stars of the television series The Avengers.

"Kinky Boots"
Kinky Boots - Avengers.jpg
Cover of the 1990 CD reissue
Single by Patrick MacNee and Honor Blackman
Released February 1964
Format 7" single
Genre Beat
Length 1:37
Label Decca Records
Songwriter(s) Herbert Kretzmer, David Lee

The music was commissioned by Ned Sherrin for the satirical TV series That Was the Week That Was and used in a sequence featuring the titular footwear (then fashionable). Lyrics were later added for a recording by Macnee and Blackman, released by Decca in February 1964. The song was not initially a hit, but a 1990 re-release reached the top ten of the British Singles Chart in December of that year, after the song was promoted by BBC Radio One DJ Simon Mayo.[1] The single peaked at No.5 (on Deram records label KINKY 1) and remained on the chart for seven weeks.[2] Prior to this, in 1977, it was placed at No.22 in the "Bottom 30" of Kenny Everett's World's Worst Wireless Show.[3] The song is quite short: just one minute and thirty-seven seconds long.

Track listing

1990 CD single reissue[4]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Kinky Boots" (Patrick Macnee & Honor Blackman) Lee/Kretzmer 1:40
2. "Let's Keep It Friendly" (Patrick Macnee & Honor Blackman) Lee/Kretzmer 2:23
3. "I Wish I Never Loved You" (Honor Blackman) Raymonde/Hawker 3:03
4. "Men Will Deceive You" (Honor Blackman) Stellman/Gainsbourg 2:28


  1. ^ Chapman, James (2002). Saints and Avengers: British Adventure Series of the 1960s. I.B.Tauris. p. 253. Retrieved 23 November 2010.
  2. ^ Chartstats - "Kinky Boots" UK Chart details
  3. ^ "Kenny Everett's World's Worst Wireless Show :: Show #4". Feb 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  4. ^ Kinky Boots (sleeve notes). Patrick Macnee & Honor Blackman. Deram. 1990. KINCD1.

External links

  • Herbert Kretzmer interview

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