On three occasions in the UK one of Mike's records was knocked off No. 1 by another of his own records:
1987 "RESPECTABLE" performed by Mel and Kim spent one week at No. 1 to be knocked off by "LET IT BE" Ferry Aid which spent three weeks at No. 1.
1989 "HAND ON YOUR HEART" performed by Kylie Minogue spent one week at the top to be knocked off by "FERRY 'CROSS THE MERSEY" Mersey Aid which spent three weeks at No. 1 which, in turn, was knocked off by "SEALED WITH A KISS" performed by Jason Donovan which stayed at No. 1 for two weeks.
He has been honoured to receive the Ivor Novello Songwriter of the Year award a record three consecutive times and a further 5 ‘Ivors' for various songs, as well as many Producer awards from around the world. He has succeeded with over 300 hit records, including 18 number ones with a record 12 different artists in the UK alone. (Guinness Book of Hit Singles) Overseas success has been on a par, with many more number ones in the rest of the world. For example "Never Gonna Give You Up" performed by Rick Astley was No 1 in 25 different countries. Mike has been presented with awards for songwriting and producing in many territories. Some records fared better abroad than in the UK, such as "Venus" by Bananarama which reached number one in America, and three versions of "Turn It Into Love" were in the Japanese charts at the same time, each performed by a different artist. Mike wrote and produced 20 straight hits for Kylie Minogue through the 80's and 90's. (BPI/PWL/EMI) Mike produced records for Robson and Jerome for BMG Records in the mid to late 90's; "UNCHAINED MELODY"/"WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER" is the best-selling (non-charity) record of the 1990's. (BPI/BMG) Mike's hit tally on a worldwide basis numbers in the 1,000s.