In 1971, the New Seekers recorded a song which was originally used in a Coke commercial. The commercial was a success and radio stations got questions to play the complete song. However, that version did not exist… Read the rest of this entry
In 1977, Patti Smith released her only big hit. Bruce Springsteen had written the music and the chorus, and gave it to Patti, as it was fit for her. However, Patti was not sure about recording the song, the demo by Bruce Springsteen convinced her. She filled in the rest of the text when she was waiting for her husband, who would call her. Jimmy Iovine got to produce the song (he worked with Bruce on his Born To Run album), since he also had the idea to give it to Patti Smith. He started his career with it. Although the song was a hit and the text was good, Patti Smith later thought of it as very commercial. It became a number 13 hit in the US, a number 5 hit in the UK, and it made enough money to buy a Cordoba for Patti’s father. And Bruce? He did record the song, though it took some years, since he was struggling to get the rights. Enjoy
Patti Smith Group- Because The Night
In 2000, the Dandy Warhols released their new single. Courtney Taylor-Taylor, the singer of the band, wrote the song when he looked through the window of his apartment and saw a woman pull up in her car to the traffic lights. The first release was not a hit, and even after a tour, it did not make it to the charts. When the song was used in a commercial, however, it became a number 5 hit in the UK. Enjoy
The Dandy Warhols- Bohemian Like You
This song was written by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and released in 1961 by Ben E. King. The song was inspired by the religious Lord Stand By Me. Ben E. King actually wrote it for the Drifters, who never recorded it. Ben E. King recorded the song after Spanish Harlem, and a hit was born. A number 1 in the US and a number 27 in the UK, which would also become number 1 after the re-release due to a commercial. Enjoy
Ben E. King- Stand By Me
In 1966, a song hit the American chart on number one! It was written by Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright, and recorded by Percy Sledge. In the UK, it originally peaked on number four, and even on number two in 1987, when it was released again because of a commercial. Since the recording of Percy Sledge, it has been covered by numerous groups, like the Spencer Davies Group, Bette Midler and Michael Bolton. Today we enjoy the original
Percy Sledge- When A Man Loves A Woman
An old French song today. And yes, it has been used in a commercial, which actually was the first time I heard it. That was a few years ago. The song, however, is much, much older. It was released in 1971, and was his only big success in Europe. He is still active, especially since 1997, when he started writing lots of songs again. After 1971, he had a sort of silent period, writing a lot, but not performing. That’s over, and he’s back. Well, not in the charts, but in the music industry. For today, we have this oldie:
Michel Delpech- Pour Un Flirt
It’s a bit of a strange song, this one. In the seventies, it was a small hit, reaching number 18 as highest position in the Dutch charts. Then, later, in 1990, it was used in a commercial. And then it reached number one!!! However, it’s a very good song, so enjoy
The Steve Miller Band- The Joker
I learned to know this song because of a commercial. A commercial for beer, actually. And from the first time that I heard it on, I thought: well, it’s a nice song. But who made it? That was the problem… And I solved it only some weeks ago, when I was busy with iTunes, to make a playlist of my favourite songs (which contains at the moment around the 1100 songs, and still counting). Of course you have those compilation CD’s which have songs on them of which you can’t think how it goes. Mostly because you don’t know the song, but sometimes you know it by the first tones… This was the case with Perfect from Fairground Attraction. Hearing it mend knowing it. And that was how it got the Song of the day status, actually:
Fairground Attraction- Perfect
Yeah! Roots Syndicate. One of those one day flies, to have one hit and never return again.
It’s even that bad that they only exist on a Dutch Wikipedia-page, since they were Dutch. For a commercial of an insurances compagny they made a song, which was not ment to be released…
However, it was that popular that it was released, and in the Netherlands it went to number one.
No idea if it was known in other countries, and if not, then it’s about time to listen to this song. It was released in 1993, so it’s 20 years after the release that it’s song of the day! Really like the summer!
Roots Syndicate- Mockin’ Bird Hill
And for those interested in the commercial, watch it here. The text appearing in the end is the catchfrase of the compagny: translated it’s Just Call Apeldoorn. Apeldoorn is the place where the insurancescompagny is located.
This is a good collection of songs, from TV-commercials! One of them is a nice song which is an easy song, and later covered by Shaggy!
However, the original song is the song of the day. It was used in a lot of commercials, and very popular in the time it was firstly released:
It’s the version from 1970, by Mungo Jerry, it’s In The Summertime!
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