Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hits That Never Were Pt. 1

It's been a few days since my last post and I'm sorry for the delay. To make up for it, I'm going to introduce you to some relatively unknown songs that should've been hits. To compile my list, I mentally selected three songs that either never charted or never charted high enough to be considered a hit. These selections are in no particular order of greatness. They're all great.

1. Give Us A Break by John Sebastian

According to Wikipedia,this great track was released as a single in 1972 and it didn't chart anywhere. I had no idea this even existed until a few days ago. It's a shame it didn't go anywhere.

2. River Song by Dennis Wilson

I've been a Beach Boys fan for a long time and I listened to all their great music. I even listened to each member's solo recordings. When I found this song, it blew my mind. I guess Brian wasn't the only genius in the band. Anyway, here's a great song that didn't chart as a single and was released on his solo album, Pacific Ocean Blue in 1977.

3. My World Fell Down by Sagittarius

This beautiful song was by a group that never actually existed. It was a studio project essentially and each member of this fictional group were session musicians. The lead vocalist is someone you might know. Right before his career broke out, Glen Campbell was a session musician and he contributed his guitar talents to many recordings. He was also a damn fine singer as well. I guess that's why they gave him the lead vocal. You can also make out in the background vocals a guy by the name of Bruce Johnston. He was a session musician that also joined a little group called The Beach Boys. No matter how you dice it, this awesome single released back in 1967, was a great track and should've been a hit. Unfortunately, according to Wikipedia, it only made it to number 70 on the Billboard Hot 100.