We're all well-aware about the late Margaret Thatcher's complicated relationship with pop culture, especially when it comes to music. The number of songs written about her eventual death can't even be counted on one hand, and Britain's comedians continually took aim at the politician with almost hyperbolic levels of hate. So it should come as only a mild surprise that the day after her death, U.K. iTunes saw a jump in sales for Judy Garland's Wizard of Oz anthem "Ding Dong, The Witch is Dead."
It's not a coincidence. The rapid rise of the 1939 song is actually a result of a Facebook campaign that links the song directly to the death of the former British Prime Minister. The aptly-named "Make 'Ding Dong the Witch is Dead' Number 1 The Week Thatcher Died" campaign simply urges followers to buy the song, and stick it to the polarizing politician one last time. The song is currently at 27 on the U.K. iTunes charts, and the ensuing chatter can only push it further.
This may not be the rosy picture of every future politician's dreams, but at the very least, Thatcher was the sort of person who inspired passionate responses right until the end.
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Raabe, who played the coroner of the Munchkin Country in the 1939 musical classic, passed away on Friday (09Apr10) at a medical facility in Orange Park, Florida.
The veteran star was admitted to hospital after reportedly collapsing at his retirement home.
Raabe was plucked from obscurity at the age of 23 to play the famous role in The Wizard of Oz, which saw him declare the the Wicked Witch of the East "really most sincerely dead".
After his appearance in the movie, he served in the Civil Air Patrol during World War II and worked as a spokesperson for American food company Oscar Mayer.
He also published a notable autobiography, titled Memories of a Munchkin: An Illustrated Walk Down the Yellow Brick Road, and appeared at numerous Wizard of Oz conventions.