Our prompt from our mystery conductor this week is “songs about shadows.” Here are 8 songs about shadows and 2 by bands with “shadow” as part of their name.
- The Beatles, “Cry For A Shadow” The only instrumental the Beatles ever did, which never appeared on an album until the first Anthology came out in late 1995. Written by John Lennon and George Harrison, it probably just started out as something they did to tune up or while to kill time on or off-stage.
- The Four Tops, “Standing In The Shadows of Love” One that I suspect will be on a lot of people’s playlists today. Written by the team of Holland-Dozier-Holland, the Four Tops released it as a single in 1966 and it reached #6 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the R&B chart.
- Astrud Gilberto, “The Shadow Of Your Smile” Written by Johnny Mandel with lyrics by Paul Francis Weber, it was the love theme for the 1965 movie The Sandpiper which starred Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor and was directed by Vincente Minnelli. The lovely Senhora Gilberto used it as the title track for her 1965 album.
- Andy Gibb, “Shadow Dancing” Sorry, Dan… The baby brother of Barry, Robin and Maurice recorded this in 1978 as the title track for his hit album. It spent seven weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 and probably had a lot to do with his relationshiop with Dallas beauty Victoria Principal.
- Lindsey Stirling, “Shadows” YouTube has done a lot to bring talented musicians to everyone’s attention, and one of the more prominent is violinist/performance artist/composer/singer Lindsey Stirling, who started her YouTube channel in 2007. To play the violin well is difficult enough, but to play the violin well while dancing as well as she does is remarkable.
- Florina, “In The Shadows” Famous Birthdays tells us she’s a “French singer/songwriter who rose to fame after she began recording cover versions of popular top 40 hits and publishing them on her FlorinaXPerez YouTube channel. She has garnered over 350,000 subscribers on the platform.” This was a performance from the French TV show Destination Eurovision, which was intended to choose the singer who would represent France in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest (held this year in Tel Aviv). She placed 8th, due mostly to the fact that none of the judges (who came from Armenia, Israel, Portugal, Serbia and the UK) voted for her.
- Aero Chord, “Shadoqws (feat. Nevve)” Alex Vlastas (aka Aero Chord) is, according to Wikipedia, “a Greek electronic trap producer.” He recorded this for Monstercat, his label, last year. Interesting stuff.
- Chromatics, “Shadow” Chromatics are an American electronic music band from Portland, Oregon. This was played at the end of the two-hour premiere of Showtime’s Twin Peaks revival in 2007.
- The Shadows of Knight, “Gloria” A Chicago area garage band who came into some prominence in 1966 with their cover of Them’s “Gloria,” which many radio stations were reluctant to play because of some of the lyrics. SoK’s version omitted the lyrics and as a result rose to #10 on the Hot 100 and #7 on the Cash Box survey.
- The Shadows, “Apache” The Shadows were a British instrumental band (who never quite made it in the US) led by Hank Marvin (the nerdy guy in the glasses). Their cover of “Apache” topped the British charts for five weeks in 1960. Jørgen Ingmann’s cover, which was recorded in 1960 but released in 1961, reached #2 in the US and Canada.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for January 21, 2019.