Saturday, September 18, 2010

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

OK, more 60's: This '62 Sedaka/Greenfield composition was inspired by The Showmen's "It Will Stand". Described as "2 minutes and 16 seconds of pure pop magic", it topped the charts in the US and many other countries, including "Tu No Lo Sai" in Italy, sung by Neil himself. Considered Sedaka's signature song. He re-recorded it in '75 as a ballad and it peaked at #8 in '76, only the 2nd time an artist made the Top 10 with 2 different versions of a song (The Ventures' "Walk Don't Run"/"Walk Don't Run '64" was the other one). Covers by The Happenings, The Partridge Family and Lenny Welch also charted.

Yesterday's answer: "Kicks" by Paul Revere and The Raiders. They changed the lyrics to make the subject a girl. The Animals' "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" was another early anti-drug song. The guitar work emulates Keith Richards' on "Satisfaction" and the bass line The Byrds' Chris Hillman.

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