'Ding-Dong! the Witch Is Dead' climbs British charts in wake of Thatcher's death


The Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher, passed away earlier this week after suffering a stroke. In wake of her death, Judy Garland's "Ding-Dong! the Witch Is Dead" from the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz has been climbing the British charts.

Part of the catalyst for the song burning up the charts was a Facebook group (and now a subsequent Twitter account), urging people to download the single and updating them on the staus of its climb. As of this morning, the Judy Garland version had managed to crack the Top 10 in the UK iTunes Store.

And it's climbing other charts, too.

A spokesman for the Official Singles Chart told Mirror.co.uk: "If the sales of all three were combined, the song would be in 40th place today, with almost 2,500 sales combined – but the leading contender by Judy Garland is likely to move into the Official Singles Chart Top 40 in its own right by Sunday if it maintains its current momentum."

The group, which already has more than 2,500 members, was originally set up back in July 2007.

There had not been a post for three months until the news broke this morning that the former Prime Minister had died. [Mirror]