On March 11, 1978 the English singer Elkie Brooks's rendition of "Lilac Wine" peaked in the UK charts at #16. Brooks had once sung alongside Robert Palmer in a progressive rock band called Vinegar Joe. Her biggest U.K. hit was 1986's "No More The Fool". Brooks is the only singer to have a hit with "Lilac Wine". Other well known versions are by Nina Simone and Jeff Buckley, who covered the song on Grace.