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First recorded by Little Eva, this breezy summertime song evokes the high-rise apartments in American cities where urban dwellers could escape from the stresses of daily living by climbing onto the tar "beaches" on the roofs of their buildings.
This song was written by the then husband-and-wife team of Gerry Goffin and Carole King, and the lead vocalist was Rudy Lewis. Carole King recorded a solo version of this on her 1970 album Writer.
In the UK this was not a hit but a cover version by Kenny Lynch reached #10.
In 1995 Robson & Jerome had a UK#1 hit with their version of this song. It was a double A side along with Frankie Laine's "I Believe."
Ville Valo of HIM
The lead singer for HIM shares some surprising insights about their songs, which he says can take years to complete.
Little Big Town
"When seeds that you sow grow by the wicked moon/Be sure your sins will find you out/Your past will hunt you down and turn to tell on you."
Danny played guitar on Sweet Baby James
, and Running On Empty
. He also co-wrote many hit songs, including "Dirty Laundry," "Sunset Grill" and "Tender Is The Night."