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Sorrow

by

David Bowie



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"Sorrow" was originally performed by The McCoys in 1965. The McCoys released most of their works on the Bang Records label, founded by Atlantic Records alumni Ahmet Ertegün, Nesuhi Ertegün, and Jerry Wexler. Writing credits go to the writing team of Feldman-Goldstein-Gottehrer (FGG Productions), who also had a group called The Strangeloves.
The McCoys are better known for their #1 hit, "Hang On Sloopy." "Sorrow" was released as the B-side of their follow-up single "Fever," which went to #7. Future releases failed to crack the Top 10.
David Bowie's cover is the most famous version of "Sorrow." It comes from his cover project album, Pin Ups, released in 1973, which peaked at #1 and stayed in the UK album charts for 21 weeks. The album later re-entered the charts on two more occasions, for 15 weeks peaking at #57, and for one more week at #52. "Sorrow" itself was the only single from Pin Ups to chart, staying for 15 weeks on the UK singles chart, peaking at #3. The B-side was "Amsterdam," a song originally by Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel.
In the UK this was originally recorded by The Merseys. Their version peaked at #4 ion the singles chart in 1966.
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Comments (1):

Although the original was by The McCoys, Bowie's cover was inspired by the version by The Merseys. Also, FYI, Amsterdam was not on Pin-Ups.
- Zabadak, London, England
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