"Johnny and Mary" only went to #44 on the UK Billboard charts, but did reach #18 on Billboard's Club Play Singles chart.
The song has been covered by Leigh Jaeger, Tina Turner, The Notwist, Martin Taylor, Ellen Foley, Nicole Jackson,and Status Quo (on the 1996 album Don't Stop). The track was also covered by British rock band Placebo as a B-side to their 2000 single Taste in Men and on their 2003 album Covers.
"Johnny and Mary" was used as the signature tune in advertisements promoting Renault cars throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Early adverts used Palmer's original version, while a range of special recordings in different styles were produced during the 1990s; most famously Martin Taylor's acoustic interpretation which he released on his album Spirit of Django. Taylor recorded alternate versions for Renault; the last being in 1998 for the launch of the all-new Renault Clio.
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