Alan Pollock (Writer) and Frank Ifield at the Coventry Music Museum - Credit Joe Bailey

Coventry’s Number One Song

Posted on 6 September 2017

The winning song of our campaign to name Coventry’s favourite song is Ghost Town by The Specials! The winner was chosen by public vote and the campaign was launched in connection our new musical, Godiva Rocks, which will celebrate the city’s musical history on our Main Stage this October. Ghost Town by The Specials was chosen by a public vote as Coventry’s number one song from a list of the 34 top ten hits by Coventry & Warwickshire artists.

Jerry Dammers, a founding member of The Specials and writer of Ghost Town said, “Thank you very much to everyone who voted for Ghost Town as the best record to come from Coventry. I really do appreciate that, it means a lot to me. It’s a shame it had to come from the bad situation of unemployment all over the UK and let’s hope we don’t return to that situation again.”

The top 10 songs as voted for by YOU are listed below.

1. Ghost Town – The Specials – WINNING SONG
2. A Message to you Rudy – The Specials
3. Will You – Hazel O’Connor
4. Too Much, Too Young – The Special AKA
5. Love and Pride – King
6. Crash – The Primitives
7. Away From Here – The Enemy
8. Mouldy Old Dough – Lieutenant Pigeon
9. JCB Song – Nizlopi
10. Gangsters – The Special AKA

Godiva Rocks will highlight Coventry’s rich and vibrant musical history with a soundtrack of over 20 classic songs performed by a live band, and tells the story of boy meets girl on a fateful night at the Orchid Ballroom in 1964.

Girl meets boy in Coventry – but nothing, and nobody, is what they seem, all because of one extraordinary night at the Orchid Ballroom, back in December ’64. Shady financier Leo Freeman’s decision to knock down the Orchid ballroom has far-reaching consequences – as daughter Nell meets the extraordinary Patrick Vernon – and the hunt for a missing tape reveals a history of musical passions and romantic jealousies stretching back to the dawn of musical time.

The production, which is written by Alan Pollock and directed by Hamish Glen, reunites the same creative team behind the our smash-hit Coventry Blitz play, One Night in November.

Writer Alan Pollock said, “At one level it’s a simple girl-meets-boy story with a massive twist. (Massive!) But really it’s a play about a search – of a boy for his father, and for a missing tape that encapsulates the perfect Coventry sound – the distillation of everything that makes this melting-pot city unique. And of course an excuse to highlight some of the greatest pop sounds ever to come out of Cov – twenty classic songs from the city.”

The city is best-known as the birthplace of 2 Tone, with artists such as The Specials and The Selecter both originating from Coventry, but it has also been home to Hazel O’Connor, The Enemy, Frank Ifield and many other famous artists who helped put Coventry on the musical map.

Godiva Rocks will run on the Main Stage at the Belgrade Theatre from Sat 7 to Sat 21 Oct. Tickets are available now priced from £19.75 by calling the Belgrade Box Office team on 024 7655 3055 or visit