Happy birthday to me! I decided to feature a couple of songs that I like, even though they’re not by the same artist.
The first one is “Take On Me,” by the Norwegian pop band A-ha. The video used a combination of pencil sketches and live action, a technique known as rotoscoping, to achieve the unique look. The song was good, too; it was a #1 hit on the Hot 100 and #4 on the Adult Contemporary chart in the US in 1985, and was certified gold in France, Germany, and the UK.
The second has been running through my head a lot lately, Bobby Hebb’s 1966 hit “Sunny.” He wrote it in November 1963, after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the murder of Hebb’s brother in Memphis. He wrote it to remind us to “look at the bright side” (his words). The song has been covered hundreds of times and is #25 on BMI’s “Top 100 songs of the century.” The original single reached #2 on the US Pop chart and #3 on the R&B chart. Hebb re-recorded it as a disco tune in 1975, calling it “Sunny ’76.”
We’ll get back to normal next week. That’s your Two for Tuesday, March 25, 2014.