Song of the Day: Hugh Masakela, “Grazing In The Grass”

As long as I’m on the subject of instrumentals from the late ’60’s, this is a fun one from South African trumpeter Hugh Masakela. "Grazing In The Grass" was written by Philemon Hou and was released in May of 1968. It rose quickly to #1 on the Hot 100 and #15 on the Adult Contemporary chart. It was #18 on the year-end Hot 100 as well. Hugh’s recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2018.

The following year, lyrics were added by Harry Elston, a member of The Friends of Distinction. Their release reached #3 on the Hot 100, #5 on the Hot Soul Singles chart, and #5 in Canada.

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Hugh Masakela, “Grazing In The Grass”

  1. Hi John – he was an icon when I was in South Africa … and we were able to access some venues … so he was just superb … thanks for highlighting him – cheers Hilary

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