Easier Said Than Done

Album: Easier Said Than Done (1963)
Charted: 1
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  • My friends all tell me
    Go to him, run to him,
    Say sweet lovely things to him,
    And tell him, he's the one.

    Deep in my heart I know it,
    But it's so hard to show it
    Cause it's easier, easier said than done.

    My buddies tell me
    Fly to him, sigh to him,
    Tell him I would die for him,
    And tell him, he's the one.

    Although he gives me a feeling
    That sets my heart a-reeling,
    Yet it's easier, easier said than done.

    Well, I know that I love him so.
    I'm afraid that he'll never know
    Because I (I-I) I get so timid and shy
    Each time that I look him in the eye.

    They all tell me
    Sing to him, swing with him,
    And just do anything for him,
    And tell him, he's the one.

    I got a love so true
    But I'm sad and blue
    Cause it's easier, easier said than done.

    Well, I know that I love him so.
    I'm afraid that he'll never know
    Because I (I-I) I get so timid and shy
    Each time that I look him in the eye.

    They all tell me
    Sing to him, swing with him,
    And just do anything for him,
    And tell him, he's the one.

    I got a love so true
    But I'm sad and blue
    Cause it's easier, easier said than done.
    Easier-er-er-er, said than done.Writer/s: LARRY FREDDIE HUFF, WILLIAM B LINTON
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG Rights Management
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Comments: 28

  • Tom from Memphis TnIt's a real pleasant surprise to find so many fans of this group! I was 14 when this catchy, harmoniously-addictive tune exploded on the airwaves and "burned" itself into the greying cells that remain to me a half-century later. Today, I finally downloaded "Easier Said Than Done" to join "A Walkin' Miracle" in my music library. This is a good day to party!
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 7, 1963, The Essex performed "Easier Said Than Done" on the Dick Clark ABC-TV network weekday-afternoon program 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time the song was in it's first week on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart, it was at #81; four weeks later it would peak at #1 {for 2 weeks} and it spent 13 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #43 on the United Kingdom's Singles chart...
    The quartet had two more Top 100 records; "A Walkin' Miracle" {#12} and "She's Got Everything" {#56}, all three charted in 1963...
    Lead singer Anita Humes passed away at the age of 69 on May 30th, 2010...
    May she R.I.P.
  • Salvatore Misiano from Stuart, FloridaI was stationed with William Linton in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina in 1963. We shared the same barracks. In fact our bunks were right next to each other. "Easier Said Than Done" reflects, in my mind, every time I hear that Genre music. To me it was a classic, especially when all the members were right around me. Anita Hume was a real sweetheart, and none let the fame go to their head. I remember Linton as a quiet, unassuming individual. Besides being in the same barracks, we worked in the same teletype center, Marine Corps Base. I'd appreciate information if anyone knows of his whereabouts. Salvatore Misiano snm2115@yahoo.com
  • Rocky from Fort Smith, ArBack in '63 I was in the 8th grade & bought this 45 rpm single. Loved the uptempo song. There was a lot of competition on the record charts at the time this was popular in 1963 too. The Essex were in the Marines & couldn't perform on music venues so easily like other music stars. I recall the charts had big hits by The Orlons, The 4 Seasons, Jan & Dean, The Beach Boys, Chubby Checker, Elvis, & The Crystals. This is a great perky song. I read some comments on this site about not hearing it so often on oldies stations. Well, I've heard it a lot in my area. I guess it just depends on which region of the nation you live in. My girlfriend Olive Pickles (she was known in high school as "Pickles") back in '63 owned this record too and unfortunately she tried to sing this song a lot or hum it. She was tone-deaf and couldn't sing at all. In fact, her singing was self-described as "calling the hogs." I don't really know what happened to The Essex after their popularity ended . Anyone know? Whenever a lot of these "golden oldies of the Sixties" documentaries shows up on TV like on PBS-TV, you never do see The Essex in any of those shows. Well, anyway, whenever I hear the song again on satellite radio's oldies stations, I think fondly of my girlfriend "Pickles" and her singing voice.
  • Jenny from Brisbane, AustraliaHi Billy and Grace, Happy New Year to both of you. We are all good here down under Sorry but we have rang but don't get you. can you please email us on jennyb@rocketimports.com.au Take care and we hope to be in the USA next year Love John and Jenny Smith
  • Grace from East Windsor, NjHi John and Jenny, Great to hear from you. Hope all is well! Yes we remember Las Vegas, we have been married 8 years this pass May. I tried to email you , but it came back. Our home phone is still the same, is yours? Billy says Hello. Keep in Touch.....
  • Ro from San Antonio, TxI was 9 y/o...the surfing music was coming, "Easier said than Done" had a good beat -Superman,Batman , Green Lantern , Fantastic 4 all took backseat to this catchy song - I was in the groove!
  • Jenny from Brisbane, AustraliaHi Grace

    Decided to look you up as we have lost contact with you over the years.

    Hope you and Billy are doing well.

    Remember Vegas? Would love to catch up with you again

    John and Jenny Smith -Australia
  • Harry from Port Charlotte, FlHi Grace,

    I was disappointed that I never heard back from you. Is it possible that your husband Willie does not remember me? I don't think that he sang in the shower with too many 6'-5" "string beans" while he was stationed in Sukran, Okinawa. My email is Marinecplh@comcast.net
  • Robert from Fox River Grove, IlPete, if you think the "male backup singer is seriously off-key" you may want to check out a band of the same time-period called the Beatles. They were able to carve a rather successful few years out of this kind of "off-key" harmonization
  • Veronica from Albany, OrI love this song. Before I started dating my husband I heard this song on the oldies station, it always brought him to mind. By the way, I do not think the back up singer is off-key at all.
  • Grace from East Windsor, NjPete from NY, NY, There were 3 male back-up singers in the "Essex" and the recording methods of era, were that everyone was in the studio at the same time, which meant that lesser mistakes were tolerated. The barotone was louder than the rest of the background, but is not off key with cord being played .. Billy Hill
  • Grace from East Windsor, NjBrad Wind, "Are You Going My Way" was the A side, and "Easier Said Than Done" was the B side which took 20 mins to record... "Easier Said Than Done" was so well rehearsed , that no splicing was necessary.
  • Grace from East Windsor, NjRadical Russ ," Easier Said than Done" was recorded in NYC at Bell Sound studio. The members of the "Essex " were Walter Victors, Anita Humes, Rudy Johnson, Rodney Taylor, and Billy Hill. None were drummers and the musicians were unknow to us... wife of Billy Hill, original member of the Essex...
  • Cathy from Indianapolis, InI am the niece of Rodney Taylor who was the drummer in the group. I love the songs they sang. My favorite is Walking Miracle. I don't have the albums anymore because my house burnt down. It is nice to see that memebers of the band are still alive.
  • Harry from Port Charlotte, FlHi Grace. I haven't checked the website for a while and was so happy to hear from you. I would like to make contact with Willie, but don't know how to do that other than on this site. I am open to suggestions. 1-6-09 From Florida
  • Jim from Danville, Il, IlI first heard this song as a boy of 7 years old. It actually helped shape my thoughts about love and how to treat a lady. The Essex was a magnificent group. To this day I adore Anita Humes' voice.
  • Grace from East Windsor, NjHi Gwen, Anita Humes is still living in Harrisburg PA. She did the PBS show in Pittsburg with Billy and Rudy they are part of the orignal group "The Essex"
  • Grace from East Windsor, NjHi Harry Belford, I know Willie Hill very well, he is my husband! I will tell him about this when he wakes up! Keep in touch! 9-10-08 from NJ
  • Harry from Port Charlotte, FlI was stationed with Willie Hill on Okinawa during 1963. We spent a lot of time harmonizing in the shower room which had excellent acoustrics. I would like very much to be able to get a hold of him if anyone knows how to contact him. I know the group was part of a do-op show on PBS not too long ago.
    Harry Belford, Port Charlotte, Florida
  • Brenda from Lancaster, Kyhey, finally caught up with you, tracy i am larry's sunt from ky every time i hear the song easier said than done it brings me back to the time when I was young and makes me remember how excited I was to be in love i got the song on record and cd i am anxious, that song was also in a play in austin, texas i would have loved to been able to get copy of play
  • Gwen from Phila, PaI was in the women marines with anita humes and would love to know what ever happened to her. can anyone help?? gwen
  • Gary from Huntington, WvThis was the frist 45 that I ever had, I'll never forget when I got it July 1963 it was the number 1 in the country. Is Ms Humes still alive and if so where is she, I would love to meet her either on-line or in person. - Gary, Huntington, West Virginia
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScI've heard this song a few times on oldies stations.
  • Pete from Ny, NyGreat tune, but the male backup singer is seriously off-key. Check it out.
  • Tracy from Saratoga, NyMy dad, Marine Larry Huff, was co-author of "Easier said than Done. Look on the record lable - it says "Huff - Linton".
  • Roger from Vancouver, CanadaThis song is rarely heard on oldies radio, it's not often included in 'Soundtrack of the 60's' kind of compilations. And why is that? This is a really great song and has such a 60's sound to it. Forget the other 'girl bands' and their one hit wonders and give this song a listen.
  • Radicalruss from Beaverton, OrPlease help! My father played drums in a studio in LA for a 60's single; I'm trying to confirm if it was this one. His name is John Belville.

    Who were the members of this group? Was one a drummer? Did they have any other studio musicians on the track?

    Contact me at http://www.radicalruss.net
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