Endless Sleep

Album: K-tel Jukebox - The Fifties (1958)
Charted: 66 5
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  • The night was black, rain fallin' down
    Looked for my baby, she's nowhere around
    Traced her footsteps down to the shore
    'Fraid she's gone forever more

    I looked at the sea and it seemed to say
    "I took your baby from you away"
    I heard a voice cryin' in the deep
    "Come join me, baby, in my endless sleep"

    Why did we quarrel, why did we fight?
    Why did I leave her alone tonight?
    That's why her footsteps ran into the sea
    That's why my baby has gone from me

    I looked at the sea and it seemed to say
    "I took your baby from you away"
    I heard a voice cryin' in the deep
    "Come join me, baby, in my endless sleep"

    Ran in the water, heart full of fear
    There in the breakers I saw her near
    Reached for my darlin', held her to me
    Stole her away from the angry sea

    I looked at the sea and it seemed to say
    "You took your baby from me away"
    My heart cried out "she's mine to keep"
    I saved my baby from an endless sleep

    Endless sleep, endless sleep
    Endless sleep, endless sleep Writer/s: DOLORES NANCE, JODY REYNOLDS
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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Comments: 4

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 22, 1962, the Al Casey Combo performed "Cookin'" on the Dick Clark ABC-TV weekday-afternoon program, 'American Bandstand'...
    Eight days later on April 1st the instrumental entered Billboard's Top 100* chart at position #92, the following week it was at #95 and that was also it's second and final week in the Top 100...
    The Combo had two other Top 100 records, "Jivin' Around" {#71 in 1962} and "Surfin' Hootenanny" {#48 in 1963}...
    Al Casey played guitar on two Top 10 records, "The Fool" by Sanford Clark {#9 in 1956} and, as noted above, "Endless Sleep" by Jody Reynolds {#5 in 1958}...
    He also co-composed one Top 10 record, Duane Eddy's "Forty Miles of Bad Road", it peaked at #9 in 1959...
    Alvin Wayne Casey passed away at the age of 69 on September 17th, 2006...
    May he R.I.P.
    * And from the 'For What It's Worth' department, the week after "Cookin'" fell off the Top 100 chart, it was at #107 on Billboard's Bubbling Under the Top 100 chart.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn May 9th 1958, Jody Reynolds performed "Endless Sleep" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    Ten days later on May 19th it entered Billboard's Top 100 chart {See 2nd post below}...
    It reached #2* {for 1 week} on the Canadian ‘Toronto CHUM' Singles chart on June 30th, 1958 and #3 {for 1 week} on the Australian Kent Music chart on August 30th, 1958...
    Was covered by Marty Wilde in the United Kingdom, and his version peaked at #4 {for 1 week} on August 24th, 1958 on the U.K. Singles chart...
    * The week it was at #2 in Canada, the #1 record for that week was "Purple People Eater" by Sheb Wooley.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn November 11th 1964, Hank Williams, Jr. performed "Endless Sleep" on the ABC-TV program 'Shindig!'...
    Twenty-four days later on December 5th, 1964 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #96...
    {See next post below}
    R.I.P. Jimmy O'Neill, Shindig's host, 1940 - 2013.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn December 5th 1964, Hank Williams, Jr.'s covered version of "Endless Sleep" entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart for a four week stay, peaking at #90...
    It reached #46 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart...
    Six years earlier on May 19th, 1958 Jody Reynolds' original version entered the Top 100, it peaked at #5 on July 7th, 1958 and stayed on the chart for 17 weeks...
    English rocker Billy Idol covered it in his 1990 album 'Charmed Life', and one year later in 1991 fellow countryman Nick Lowe included it in his 'The Wilderness Years' album.
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