Song Sung Blue

Album: Moods (1972)
Charted: 14 1

Songfacts®:

  • This was inspired by Mozart's "Piano Concerto no. 21." It's probably the bounciest hit inspired by the classical composer.
  • Diamond: "This is one to which I never paid too much attention. A very basic message, unadorned. I didn't even write a bridge to it... I had no idea that it would be a huge hit or that people would want to sing along with it."
  • While Diamond didn't think this song had hit potential, Russ Regan, who ran his record label Uni, was a believer, telling Diamond it would be his "biggest copyright ever." Said Diamond, "Although the lyric says everything I wanted it to say, there's not much meat to it, but it turned out to be a major, major copyright."
  • Other artists to record this song include Andy Williams, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Wayne Newton, and the Scottish Punk band Altered Images.

Comments: 4

  • Seventhmist from 7th Heaven"Song sung blue...made a lot of green."
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 16th 1972, Neil Diamond performed in concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England...
    Forty-five days later on April 30th, 1972 his "Song Sung Blue" entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #67; and eight weeks later on June 25th, 1972 it peaked at #1 {for 1 week} and spent 13 weeks on the Top 100...
    And on May 28th, 1972 it also reached #1 {for 7 weeks} on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart; plus it peaked at #1 in New Zealand and Switzerland...
    On both the Top 100 and Adult chart it replaced "Candy Man" by Sammy Davis, Jr. at #1...
    "Song Sung Blue" was track one of side one from his eighth studio album, 'Moods', and the album peaked at #5 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart...
    Two other tracks from the album also made the Top 100 chart; "Play Me" {at #11} and "Walk On Water" {at #17}.
  • Barry from New York, NcI love the electric piano in the song. Back in the early 70s the fender rhodes was used in many ballads to evoke the right mood.
  • Teresa from Mechelen, Belgium"Song sung blue everybody knows one, song sung blue every garden grows one ..." Mmmmm.
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