Tracey Ullman performing Breakaway in March 1983 on Top Of The Pops

This was Tracey's first single release and it reached No.4 in the UK singles chart, but only No.70 in the U.S.

They Don't Know (1983)


Tracey Ullman's biggest hit was the follow-up single to Breakaway and reached No.2 in the UK and No.8 in the U.S.

Tracey Ullman - 80s Hits

Tracey Ullman released eight singles in the UK in the early to mid 80s. Her most successful single was a cover of Kirsty Maccoll's song "They Don't Know", which reached No.2 in 1983. It was taken from the debut album "You Broke My Heart in 17 Places". Her songs had a distinctive 60s sound, but with element's of 80s production techniques.

  • Breakaway (1983) UK #4 US #70
  • They Don't Know (1983) UK #2 US #8
  • Move Over Darling (1983) UK #8
  • My Guy (1984) UK #23
  • Sunglasses (1984) UK #18
  • Helpless (1984) UK #61
  • Terry (1985) UK #81

Tracey also appeared in a number of 80 comedies. These included "A Kick Up The Eighties", in which she co-starred with Rik Mayall, and "Three Of A Kind" which featured comedians Lenny Henry and David Copperfield (not the magician!).

In 1987 Tracey emigrated to the U.S. and starred in a whole host of films.


This third single was a cover of the Doris Day hit, and it was the last top ten hit for Tracey Ullman, reaching No.8 in the UK.

However, she did have two more top thirty hits with My Guy (a cover of the Madness single My Girl) and Sunglasses. Sadly, the next two singles, Helpless (1984) and Terry (1985) failed to reach the UK Top 40.


Breakaway
was the first track on the album You Broke My Heart In 17 Places. Released on June 1st 1983, and featuring a mix of rock, pop and Motown, the album reached #14 in the UK and #34 in the U.S.
Tracey Ullman - Move Over Darling album
80s Remix cassette

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