The instrumental remains there for 11 weeks — the longest stay for a one-hit-wonder. According to the UK’s Faber and Faber, the many dozens of recordings of the theme have sold a total of 40 million copies.
the Broadway production runs for four years and 1,729 performances … thence on to 1,997 performances in London.
While it only climbs to US#3 (UK#7), with four top-5 singles, it’ll be nine years before they sink that low again with an album …
They’ve sold 60 million of them worldwide; 8th, tribute album Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA goes gold in the UK (US#27). And the title of their Oct. 25, 2011, tenth album Twenty rightly forecasts that they’ve still got it after 20 years, making US#20. More Than You’ll Ever Know